Box Office: August 23-25

We’re just about done with the terrible month of August and the slate of movies that have come with it. Taking the top spot this week was Angel Has Fallen, the third in the series and the first to debut in first place. With its preview nights doing three times as good as the first film, it still couldn’t beat out how much the second film did – but a couple hundred thousand. At $21.25 million, the film did better than expectations and scored an “A-” CinemaScore on opening day. Even its RT score has been high with it at 94% at one point. It was evenly split between men and women attending but skewed older with it 30 and older.

The second new film of the weekend was Overcomer which got an “A+” CinemaScore and landed $8.2 million in its debut. The faith-based films that Sony distributes for AFFIRM may not make huge numbers but they’re cheap to produce and serve their market well.

Sadly, Ready or Not came in at sixth place with a $7.5 million take. While word of mouth will help get it some additional numbers, watch this one become a cult classic. It did open on Wednesday so its weekend total is $10.5 million now. It got a “B+” CinemaScore and was slightly more women attending and was almost 80% 35 and under in terms of age.

Most everything else is moving as it was expected but we want to note that Hobbs & Shaw, doing a staggered overseas release, hit China this past weekend. The film did a strong $102 million and is likely helping to guarantee a sequel will come from it for two reasons. The first is that this was the largest opening in August in China to date in general and the second is that it’s the second largest opening for the franchise in China after The Fate of the Furious. There’s an appetite there for this. The film now stands at $588.9 million worldwide.

This coming week has a few new films coming out. OTL is bringing out Don’t Let Go with wide release while Yash Raj is bringing out Saaho for wide release. Pantelion has Tod@s Caen coming out in 365 locations while 1091 drops Before You Know It. Forrest Films has Bennett’s War while Blue Fox Entertainment goes for Killerman. Well Go USA is hitting us up with an animated work this time with Ne Zha.