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Entertainment'Angel Has Fallen' Headed to $20.5 Million Debut, on Par With 'London Has Fallen'

20:11  24 august  2019
20:11  24 august  2019 Source:   thewrap.com

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Angel Has Fallen is a 2019 American action film directed by Ric Roman Waugh, starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman in the lead roles, with Jada Pinkett Smith, Lance Reddick, Tim Blake Nelson

London Has Fallen is a 2016 American action thriller film directed by Babak Najafi and written by Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt, Chad St. John and Christian Gudegast.

Like "Good Boys" last weekend, a $20 million opening from a movie beating expectations will be enough to take No. 1 at the box office on this late August weekend. This time, the film earning the top spot is Lionsgate/Millennium's "Angel Has Fallen," the third installment in the Gerard Butler "Fallen" acton series.

'Angel Has Fallen' Headed to $20.5 Million Debut, on Par With 'London Has Fallen'© TheWrap

Prior to the weekend, "Angel" was expected to earn a $13-15 million opening weekend, a sizable drop from the $21.6 million opening earned by "London Has Fallen" in March 2016. Instead, a $20.5 million opening for "Angel" will mark only a 5% decrease from its predecessor.

The film earned $7.9 million from 3,286 screens on opening day, slightly above the $7.5 million earned by "London." Critics' reviews were generally negative with a 41% score on Rotten Tomatoes, but fans of the series enjoyed it with an A- on CinemaScore.

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London Has Fallen is a sequel to Olympus Has Fallen . It was directed by Babak Najafi and starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Alon Aboutboul, Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Jackie Earle Haley, Melissa Leo, Radha Mitchell, Sean O’Bryan, Charlotte Riley, and Waleed Zuaiter.

"Good Boys" is still going well after its $20 million opening last weekend, taking second this weekend with an estimated $11.1 million total that would push its 10-day cume to $41 million. In third is "The Lion King," which is now Disney's highest grossing remake both domestically and globally with an estimated $8.6 million sixth weekend and a $511 million domestic total, passing the $504 million earned in 2017 by "Beauty and the Beast."

Just behind "The Lion King" is Universal's "Hobbs and Shaw" with $8 million in its fourth weekend. It too is hitting a milestone as it crosses $500 million worldwide this weekend, with $147 million coming from North America.

Below the "Fast & Furious" spinoff are two newcomers that are opening in the $7 million range this weekend: Sony/Affirm's inspirational sports film "Overcomer" and Fox Searchlight's horror satire "Ready or Not." "Overcomer," which opened at a targeted range of 1,723 screens, is meeting projections of a $5-9 million opening. Critics were negative with a 33% Rotten Tomatoes score; but audiences, as customary with faith-based films, gave it an A+ on CinemaScore.

Critics were more favorable to "Ready or Not" with an 87% score on Rotten Tomatoes while audiences gave it a B+ in CinemaScore polls, a grade that's a good sign for horror films. However, awareness of the film was slow to pick up in the days before its Wednesday release, and current estimates of a $10 million 5-day opening are below projections of a $12-13 million extended start.

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