“Angel Has Fallen” led the North American box office over the U.S. Labor Day weekend but did slightly worse than expected after its strong opening last week.
- Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.’s action movie, with Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman, brought in an estimated $11.6 million from U.S. and Canadian theaters, researcher Comscore Inc. said Sunday. Analysts were projecting the film to take in about $12 million in the Friday-through-Sunday portion of the summer movie season’s final weekend.
- Three new movies opened in more than 900 locations. But Yash Raj Films’ thriller “Saaho,” Forrest Films’ drama “Bennett’s War” and OTL’s “Don’t Let Go,” the fourth major horror flick to hit theaters in the past month, all failed to crack the top 10.
- “Good Boys,” the R-rated comedy from Comcast Corp.’s Universal Pictures, landed in second place. Other holdovers, “Overcomer,” from Sony Corp.’s Affirm Films, and the horror film “Ready or Not,” from Walt Disney Co.’s Fox Searchlight, ranked fifth and sixth, respectively.
- In a Friday opinion piece in the Week magazine about studios’ approach to Labor Day, film critic Jesse Hassenger wrote, “It’s odd that a holiday weekend would be a designated give-up zone…. Every other major holiday weekend of the year is now treated as a major opportunity.”
- Studios debuted more than 10 wide-release movies in just two weekends in August. September is expected to pick up again with two films from AT&T Inc.’s Warner Bros. — horror sequel “It: Chapter Two” and “The Goldfinch,” based on Donna Tartt’s novel, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
- Through the extended weekend, sales for the top 10 movies were expected to decline about 3% to 8% from last year, Box Office Pro estimated. Last year, “Crazy Rich Asians” led the top 10 films, which brought in about $96 million. It was one of the strongest Labor Day weekends in years. The year before, the biggest films collected about $62 million.