The latest stand-alone installment of the full-throttle Has Fallen action series comes home when Angel Has Fallen arrives on Digital November 12 and on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack plus Blu-ray and Digital, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack plus DVD and Digital, DVD, and On Demand November 26 from Lionsgate. Filled with edge-of-your-seat action set pieces, explosive moments, and jaw-dropping hand-to-hand combat.
In Angel Has Fallen, there is an assassination attempt on U.S. President Allan Trumbull Morgan Freeman, his trusted confidant, Secret Service Agent Mike Banning Gerard Butler, is wrongfully accused and taken into custody. After escaping from capture, he becomes a man on the run and must evade his own agency and outsmart the FBI in order to find the real threat to the president. Desperate to uncover the truth, Banning turns to unlikely allies to help clear his name, keep his family from harm, and save the country from imminent danger.
Take home Angel Has Fallen and immerse yourself in the action-packed world with exclusive special features, including six never-before-seen making-of featurettes, which breakdown what it took to make this explosive film. Angel Has Fallen 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.
Angel Has Fallen 4K UHD, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Special Features:• "Even Angels Fall: The Story" Featurette• "Someone to Watch Over Me: New Blood" Featurette• "Calling All Angels: Casting" Featurette• "True Faith: Authenticity" Featurette• "Fight for You: Stunts and Action" Featurette• "Earth Angel: Recreating DC" Featurette• "Angel Declassified" 3-Part Audio Commentary with Director Ric Roman Waugh
Along with the Super Bowl Sunday, Labor Day Weekend is considered an annual box-office nadir. And with no new films opening in more than 1,000 theaters, this year looked self-fulfilling prophecy. Even so, and without a hit on the level of last year’s “Crazy Rich Asians,” the falloff looks like only a little more than 10% from last year.
That’s surprising on a weekend that, on paper, looked to be the worst of 2019 — especially with the projected hurricane preparation damage in the Southeast. Instead, it was about $88 million, far from terrible; the worst was around $60 million, early this century.
This leaves the summer season essentially flat from last year — up or down 1%-2% from last year, depending on whether one includes the last week of April when, like last year, a huge Marvel hit opened. That leaves annual grosses about 6.5%, or $530 million, below last year.
Eight of the top 10 titles dropped 30% or less. The average falloff — yes, the holiday helped — was only about 24% not including the jump for the greatly expanded run Sony pushed for the added footage “Spider-Man: Far from Home”. That’s a respectable result for a weekend with little new to offer.
Last week’s “Angel Has Fallen” had a better second-weekend hold than its two predecessors, which didn't benefit from a holiday boost. Still, for a three-quel of a mid-level franchise in a box-office dead zone, Lionsgate has to be pleased with the results so far.
“Angel” projects to a $55 million-$60 million domestic total, with the international results ahead if similar to past entries much bigger. Of note is the boost for Gerald Butler, an action star who ran the risk of falling into disinterest. Here’s how tough it is: Lost in the shuffle this weekend was Liam Hemsworth’s crime thriller “Killerman,” which opened to $150,000 in 320 theaters.
“Good Boys,” a second R-rated film, came in at #2 with a third-weekend drop of only 21%. The comedy is one of the few sleepers of the summer, and looks like it will place behind only “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and “Rocketman” as the biggest original film of the season a little ahead of “Yesterday”. The biggest news here is that, along with its non-franchise, no-star status, it cost only $20 million.
Foreign is a challenge for American contemporary-set comedies, and the take likely will be less than domestic, though still not negligible. Still, the success has been impressive enough to encourage most studios to take a look at their potential low-budget R-rated comedy projects.
“Ready or Not”
The other two second-week titles both dropped 30%, but the numbers have different meanings for “Ready or Not” and “Overcomer.” Searchlight’s horror title which added theaters to extend the record for the distributor held far better than most similar genre films.
In a summer when A24 saw “Midsommar,” another horror film, do decent business the low budget makes the difference, “Ready or Not” is likely to come close to its total. Is that enough to impress new owner Disney? That remains to be seen. But it is a respectable result that shows how an original title of any genre can benefit from other than the one-size-fits-most franchise model. “Midsommar” had some dates this week with new and extended scenes, but grosses for those dates among the full ongoing figure were not provided.
Faith-based “Overcomer” fell the same, but its 30% drop is better by about 10 points than “Breakthrough,” the most recent studio religious-themed title, though this has grossed less from the start. On the other hand, this had a rare A+ Cinemascore. That normally leads to great holds, particularly for films that open at a sub-$10 million level. In context, this suggests a limit to the film’s appeal.
“Spider-Man: Far From Home”
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After “Avengers: Endgame” and now “Spider-Man: Far from Home” had late-run returns with a few minutes of extra footage, expect this gimmick to be a new normal. It added $4.26 million to the sequel’s already enormous total now $385 million. It will end of #4 adjusted among all “Spider-Man” titles for Sony, but significantly substantially ahead of the previous “Homecoming.”
With this and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” leading its slate, Sony will end up as second at a great distance behind Disney for summer share. With the industry veering to a sense of a big three Warner Bros. and Universal with Disney, Sony having this success during the all-important summer season is a major achievement.
The best holdover came from “Scary Stories Told in the Dark,” with the CBS Films horror title down only 15%. Another lower-budget original, this should hit around $70 million. Paramount’s “Dora & the Lost City of Gold” off 22% and “The Angry Birds Movie 2” down 35%, edging out in initial estimates Tarantino’s film, which was only off 19%. The order could change when final numbers are tallied.
The Top 10
1. Angel Has Fallen Lionsgate Week 2; Last weekend #1
$11,575,000 -46% in 3,336 theaters +50; PTA per theater average: $3,470; Cumulative: $40,689,000
2. Good Boys Universal Week 3; Last weekend #2
$9,190,000 -21% in 3,458 theaters +105; PTA: $2,658; Cumulative: $56,198,000
3. The Lion King Disney Week 7; Last weekend #5
$6,708,000 -17% in 3,190 theaters -110; PTA: $2,103; Cumulative: $520,938,000
4. Hobbs & Shaw Universal Week 5; Last weekend #4
$6,280,000 -22% in 2,972 theaters -340; PTA: $2,113; Cumulative: $157,092,000
5. Overcomer Sony Week 2; Last weekend #3
$5,700,000 -30% in 1,827 theaters +104; PTA: $3,120; Cumulative: $17.247,000
6. Ready or Not Fox Searchlight Week 2; Last weekend #6
$5,616,000 -30% in 2,998 theaters +143; PTA: $1,873; Cumulative: $20,093,000
7. Stories to Tell in the Dark Lionsgate Week 4; Last weekend #7
$5,000,000 -15% in 2,747 theaters -180; PTA: $1,820; Cumulative: $57,620,000
8. Spider-Man: Far from Home Sony Week 9; Last weekend #15
$4,260,000 +153% in 3,162 theaters +2,154; PTA: $1,347; Cumulative: $384,713,000
9. Dora and the Lost City of Gold Paramount Week 4; Last weekend #9
$4,140,000 -22% in 2,447 theaters -216; PTA: $1,671; Cumulative: $49,598,000
10. The Angry Birds Movie 2 Sony Week 3; Last weekend #8
$4,115,000 -35% in 3,311 -558; PTA: $1,243; Cumulative: $33,905,000
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The weekend showed an unexpected uptick with three new films, led by $21 million for the Gerard Butler sequel “Angel Has Fallen.” It’s a positive sign, although not without mixed messages: The other two openers are low-budget originals with Sony’s faith-based “Overcomer” and the Fox Searchlight horror film “Ready or Not,” which grossed a total of not quite $19 million. The reinforces what’s already known: Given a choice, audience usually prefer the familiar.
With Butler reprising his role as a Secret Service agent extraordinaire, “Angel” follows the blueprint of “Olympus Has Fallen” in 2013 and “London Has Fallen” in 2016. The first was a sleeper, reaching close to $109 million adjusted. The third time around surprisingly opened to the same as “London,” and on a weaker date the first two were March openings. It’s the first in this franchise for Lionsgate; the prior were the now-defunct FilmDistrict and then Focus.
It received a surprisingly strong A- Cinemascore, which is reflected a second-day drop of just 2%. It also reflects the mainstream interest in established action films, and Lionsgate effectively filled the space occupied by “Mission: Impossible” in some recent summers. Smart move, as well as a boost for Butler as a brand name. The last decade has seen him perform best in this series, but with a three-year break it wasn’t certain if he’d retained his appeal.
Released by Sony’s niche label Affirm in fewer than 2,000 theaters, “Overcomer” grossed more than many top-end specialized titles and set some kind of record with a rare A+ Cinemascore and a dreadful 17 Metacritic score on a four-star scale, one star gets a film 25.
Faith-based films allow for very targeted marketing, and a studio-backed unit like Affirm can find its audience much more effectively than higher-end titles. By comparison, the flailing “Blinded By the Light” opened last weekend to slightly better than half while being in many more locations.
Minority actors lend to the appeal for both “Angel Has Fallen” which has Morgan Freeman and Jada Pinkett Smith in key roles and “Overcomer.” This appeals to a wider range of moviegoers than the expensive festival titles that have been recent flops.
“Ready or Not”
Fox Searchlight, which will shortly return to its awards-niche lane, came through with the widest release in its history. The likely source of that margin? Drive-ins. “Ready or Not” opened Wednesday, to milk the late summer, but also in the hopes of pushing word of mouth. Its B+ Cinemascore quite high for a genre/horror film — the successful “Midsommer” only had D+, despite its critical acclaim suggested going early was the right choice.
The result was $10.5 million over five days, and $7.5 million for the three days. “Midsommer” grossed $6.5 million in its opening weekend. Whether Searchlight can sustain decent holds similar to A24’s film remains to be seen. Also to be determined: how new owner Disney responds to this result.
Last week’s openers had variable results. “Good Boys” dropped a normal 45% and the low-budget comedy is already at $42 million. It won’t replicate last August’s sleeper “Crazy Rich Asians” which only dropped 6% its second weekend, but should end up with a decent return and enough to suggest a sequel.
“The Angry Birds Movie 2” held better off 38%, but that’s not unusual for animated films. It still remains a disappointment; at $27 million in with a hardly extravagant $65 million budget, profitability will be challenging at best.
Both “47 Meters Down: Uncaged” and “Blinded By the Light” fell a bit over 50% and out of the top 10. Richard Linklater’s “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” which failed to even make last week’s chart, dropped 59% and likely will face a near-total theater wipeout next week.
“Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood”
Still sticking around, though down to 10th place, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” fell 35%, second best among holdovers after the ever-present “The Lion King.” Tarantino’s film has reached $123 million, and $240 million worldwide. It should end up selling the fourth biggest number of tickets his films behind “Pulp Fiction,” “Django Unchained,” and “Inglourious Basterds”. The last adjusted grossed $145 million, just a little better than the final projections for “Once Upon a Time.”
The Top Ten
1. Angel Has Fallen Lionsgate NEW – Cinemascore: A-; Metacritic: 45; Est. budget: $40 million
$21,250,000 in 3,286 theaters; PTA per theater average: $6,467; Cumulative: $21,250,000
2. Good Boys Universal Week 2; Last weekend #1
$11,750,000 -45% in 3,353 theaters +149; PTA: $3,504; Cumulative: $42,058,000
3. Overcomer Sony NEW – Cinemascore: A+; Metacritic: 17; Est. budget: $5 million
$8,200,000 in 1,723 theaters; PTA: $4,759; Cumulative: $8,200,000
4. The Lion King Disney Week 6; Last weekend #3
$8,150,000 -34% in 3,300 theaters -260; PTA: $2,470; Cumulative: $510,636,000
5. Hobbs & Shaw Universal Week 4; Last weekend #2
$8,140,000 -43% in 3,312 theaters -445; PTA: $2,458; Cumulative: $147,701,000
6. Ready or Not Fox Searchlight NEW – Cinemascore: B+; Metacritic: 63; Est. budget: $7 million
$7,550,000 in 2,855 theaters; PTA: $2,644; Cumulative: $10,578,000
7. The Angry Birds Movie 2 Sony Week 2; Last weekend #4
$6,365,000 -38% in 3,869 theaters no change; PTA: $1,645; Cumulative: $27,091,000
8. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Lionsgate Week 3; Last weekend #5
$6,000,000 -40% in 2,927 theaters -208; PTA: $2,050; Cumulative: $50,489,000
9. Dora & the Lost City of Gold Paramount Week 3; Last weekend #6
$5,200,000 -39% in 2,843 theaters -182; PTA: $1,829; Cumulative: $43,100,000
10. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Sony Week 5; Last weekend #8
$5,000,000 -35% in 2,209 theaters -295; PTA: $2,263; Cumulative: $123,187,000
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Angel Has Fallen was easily able to land the number one spot at the box office this weekend. The sequel brought in $21.2 million, which is over what was initially estimated and a nice way to end the summer. Gerard Butler stars alongside Morgan Freeman and Nick Nolte in the franchise's third installment and the debut almost met the second installment's $21.6 million debut. An A- CinemaScore grade has helped the action movie, along with general praise from critics and early buzz from fans.
Good Boys was able to take the second spot at the box office this weekend after earning $11.7 million. The comedy, which was produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, surprisingly took the number one spot last weekend, thanks to positive early reviews. Overcomer took number three after bringing in $8.2 million. The faith-based drama directed by the Kendrick Brothers was also able to beat expectations for its debut weekend.
Disney's The Lion King remake took number four this weekend after bringing in an additional $8.15 million. Though the response from hardcore fans was less than stellar, audiences have been flocking to the theater to see the movie, which has now earned over $1.5 billion globally. Number five goes to the Fast and Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw. The spin-off, which just debuted in China, collected $8.14 million this weekend and has brought in over $588 million globally.
Related: New Angel Has Fallen Trailer Brings Big Action, Bigger Explosions & Banning's Dad
Ready or Not debuted at number six this weekend after bringing in $7.5 million. The R-rated horror thriller, which is about "a bride whose wedding night turns deadly when her wealthy in-laws force her into a violent game of hide and seek," opened mid-week. The Angry Birds Movie 2 took the seventh spot after earning $7.5 million. So far, the sequel has been underperforming when compared to the first installment.
Guillermo del Toro's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark ended up taking the eighth position this weekend after collecting $6 million. To date, the horror movie has earned over $72 million globally. The ninth spot goes to Dora and the Lost City of Gold, which was able to bring in $5.2 million. Quentin Tarantino closes out this weekend's top ten with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The movie, which has seen some controversy, has been a solid earner since its debut and it has made over $239 million globally. You can check out the rest of this weekend's numbers over at Box Office Mojo.
1 Angel Has Fallen2Good Boys3Overcomer4The Lion King5Hobbs & Shaw6Ready or Not7The Angry Birds Movie 28Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark9Dora and the Lost City of Gold10Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Elsewhere, 'Hobbs & Shaw' is celebrating crossing the $500 million mark at the global box office as it opens to huge numbers in China.
The testosterone-laced Angel Has Fallen is doing better than expected at the box office, where it topped Friday's chart with $7.9 million for a winning $20 million weekend.
Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman are joined by Nick Nolte in the third installment of Millennium's action franchise, which is being distributed this time out by Lionsgate, home of summer action hit John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum.
Angel Has Fallen — fueled by older males and an A- CinemaScore — will have no trouble winning the penultimate weekend of summer ahead of holdover Good Boys and new entries Ready or Not and the faith-based Overcomer. And it will almost match the $21.6 million debut of London Has Fallen in 2016, not adjusted for inflation. The first film in the action series, Olympus Has Fallen, launched with $30.4 million in 2013.
Jada Pinkett Smith and Lance Reddick co-star in the threequel, which sees Secret Service agent Mike Banning Butler wrongfully accused of trying to kill the president Freeman.
Universal's breakout comedy hit Good Boys is falling to No. 2 in its sophomore outing with an estimated $11.1 million for a domestic tally of $41.4 million through Sunday.
Overcomer, from Sony's Affirm Films, is expected to place third with $8 million. Directed by the Kendrick Brothers Facing the Giants, Fireproof, the high-school basketball drama earned $3 million on Friday.
Holdovers The Lion King and Hobbs & Shaw will round out the top five.
Globally, Universal's Hobbs and Shaw is celebrating crossing the $500 million mark in worldwide ticket sales, thanks to a huge start in China. The Fast & Furious spinoff is on course to open to $106 million in China this weekend, the second-biggest Hollywood opening of the year for a foreign film behind Avengers: Endgame and the biggest August debut of all time.
In North America, Fox Searchlight's Ready or Not is falling off more quickly than expected after opening midweek to solid numbers. The R-rated, semi-comic horror pic — about a bride whose wedding night turns deadly when her wealthy in-laws force her into a violent game of hide and seek — looks to come in No. 6 for the weekend with $7 million for a five-day debut of $10 million to $12 million.
Ready or Not is playing in 2,818 theaters, the widest release in Searchlight's history.
Highlights at the specialty box office include Paul Downs Colaizzo's comedy Brittany Runs a Marathon, from Amazon Studios. The film, starring Jillian Bell as a young woman who's determined to turn her life around by losing weight and training for a marathon, is on course to score the best location average of the weekend, or $37,000 from five theaters.
The studio has unveiled a marketing campaign filled with action and drama along with an appeal for audiences looking for one last big screen thrill before summer ends.
It may have escaped many people that Gerard Butler has starred in a consistently successful action franchise over the last six years. It was 2013's Olympus Has Fallen that introduced audiences to Butler's Mike Banning, a Secret Service agent long fallen from the agency's good graces who redeems himself after saving the president when the White House is attacked by North Korean terrorists. Grossing $170 million worldwide, the 2016 sequel London Has Fallen, which moved the action overseas, did even better with $205 million in worldwide box office.
This week's Angel Has Fallen looks to keep things going. Forecast for a $15 million opening weekend, the movie has Butler returning as Banning, who has been falsely accused of attempting to assassinate U.S. President Allan Trumbull Morgan Freeman, who has moved from being Speaker of the House in the first movie and V.P. in the second. Banning has to work fast to clear his name and uncover the real threat before they can strike their intended target: Air Force One.
To sell the movie, Lionsgate has mounted a campaign filled with action and drama along with an appeal for audiences looking for one last big screen thrill before summer ends.
“Loyalty is under fire” we're told on the first poster from marketing agency BOND, released in May. Banning is shown in the forefront looking solemn while Trumbull has literally turned his back on the agent. Leaves fall around them as a tattered U.S. flag waves at the bottom as if it's lying on the ground. The whole thing gives the impression of a tragedy having just occurred, one that has caused a rift between the two main characters.
In July a series of posters also from BOND came out that show the main characters, all set in the forefront while the U.S. Capitol Building appears in the background, clearly an important setting for the story. Along with the grim-looking photo, each features some copy serving as an explanation of that character and their place in the story. So Banning's poster says “The hero becomes the fugitive” while that of costar Nick Nolte says “Every hero needs backup.” and so on. A final “payoff” poster in this series has Banning out in front of Turnbull.
The theatrical poster came out earlier this month featuring the same copy as the first one-sheet, but puts Banning and Turnbull more in the center of the frame, visible between the torn segments of the flag. Armed troops are approaching from behind them, presumably targeting Banning.
The first trailer 10 million views on YouTube came out in May. As it starts, President Turnbull is telling Banning he's been selected as director of the Secret Service, a reward for his service and loyalty. The fishing trip Turnbull is on turns deadly when a swarm of drones attacks. When Banning wakes up in the hospital he finds he's being accused of being behind that attack, but he sets out to prove his innocence. That quest includes enlisting the help of his estranged father before Banning gets back to save the president from the real threat.
The second trailer 2.6 million views on YouTube came out in July. It's much shorter and shows more of how Banning evades capture, threatening those who are hunting him and using all his skills to survive on his own.
Advertising and Promotions
Lionsgate has run a seemingly aggressive TV ad campaign for the movie. Beginning in late July nearly two dozen spots have been produced and released, with some that boil down the trailer to the essential plot elements of Banning being charged with attempted assassination, others focusing more on his escape and others on the conspiracy that has cast Banning as the villain. One of the last commercials presented the movie as the last big event of the summer box office that audiences shouldn't miss out on.
Promoted posts on social media have amplified the trailers and some of the other commercials, the latter also being used as pre-roll ads on YouTube and other streaming platforms. Banner and online ads have used the key art along with video snippets to drive traffic to the website where people can buy tickets.
In the last two weeks prior to release a number of clips have offered people longer looks at some of the key scenes from the film, including Banning's awkward reunion with his father and the extreme tactics used by that pair to evade capture.
There was also a video that starts out as a faux commercial for the company that makes the drones used in the assassination attempt before showing what exactly those drones are being used for. It's an odd video since it doesn't fully commit to being an in-world commercial but wants to use that concept to deepen the story in some way.
Lionsgate's Angel Has Fallen arrives in theaters as the third edition of a quietly successful film series. It may not have the cultural currency of some properties, but the second installment, London Has Fallen, made $143 million of its $205 million total gross overseas.
In selling this latest film, Lionsgate is taking a page from many other ongoing franchises whose hero, having succeeded in the past, has to be knocked back down to survive without the resources and reputation he's accumulated. The studio is hoping that putting Banning in the crosshairs of a conspiracy gets people's attention and helps score a late summer hit.