Good Boys Awarded With Win

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Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw are two of the toughest hombres around. You wouldn’t think they’d be knocked off their high cinematic horse by a trio of tweens.

But that’s exactly what happened this weekend, when Universal’s R-rated Good Boys upended Universal’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw for first place.

Plugged In had a bad feeling about Good Boys. “We’re essentially being asked to chortle and guffaw over the corruption of three innocent kids,” our reviewer Bob Hoose said. But chortle audiences did, to the tune of $21 million. The movie’s also, according to Box Office Mojo, only the third original  flick to top the box office this year—the others being The Curse of La Llorona and Us. (Audiences overseas were less enamored: Good Boys earned just $2.1 million in international markets, to push its global weekend total to a fairly paltry $23.1 mil.)

Hobbs & Shaw didn’t ramble too far away from No. 1, the place this Furious flick has called home for the last two weekends. It finished second with $14.1 million, pushing its overall North American total to $133.7 million.

The Lion King re-maned a significant player in the top five. The year’s second-biggest movie continues to gobble up the bucks, earning another $11.9 million. With $496.1 million in box-office receipts, the King is less than $4 million away from making a half-billion dollars in North America. And globally, it’s nearing the $1.5 billion mark. Simba might well imitate another King when addressing his fans: Thank ya. Thank ya very much.

The Lion King’s continued success spelled trouble for another kid-centric flick, The Angry Birds Movie 2. This featherweight feature fluttered to fourth in its opening frame, earning just $10.5 million. And while its early Tuesday opening pushes its total to $16.2 million, that’s still a pretty (ahem) cheep outing for a high-profile animated movie. Why, the first Angry Birds flick, which was released in 2016, pecked and scratched to $38 million in its first weekend: That ain’t bird feed.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark finished fifth with about $10 million, which locked three other cinematic newcomers out of the top five. The (really terrible) shark movie 47 Meters Down: Uncaged was the closest of the also-rans, swallowing whole about $9 million in receipts for sixth place. Blinded by the Light showed who wasn’t Boss by clearing just $4.5 million for ninth. As for Where’d You Go, Bernadette? … well, its makers are asking the same thing. The Cate Blanchett dramedy finished 11th with a paltry $3.5 million.