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Angel Has Fallen still hasn't dropped off the US box office top spot

Angel Has Fallen still hasn't dropped off the US box office top spot

Gerard Butler and Jada Pinkett Smith attend the premiere for the film Angel Has Fallen in Los Angeles, California, on Aug 20. (Photo: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo)

Lionsgate and Millennium's Angel Has Fallen ruled the US box office during an expectedly quiet Labor Day weekend. The third entry in the action franchise generated US$11.5 million (S$16 million) over the weekend and should close out the holiday with US$14.4 million (S$20 million).

Without any new nationwide offerings from a major Hollywood studio, those ticket sales were enough to maintain first place on the box office charts. After two weekends in theatres, the Gerard Butler-led Angel Has Fallen has earned US$43.6 million (S$60 million).

Blumhouse Tilt and OTL took on the last weekend of summer, closing out popcorn season with Don't Let Go. The supernatural thriller debuted with US$2.4 million from 920 North American theatres and is expected to finish the holiday weekend with US$3 million. 

David Oyelowo stars as a detective working to solve the murder of his niece (portrayed by Storm Reid) when he surprisingly gets a phone call from her. Don't Let Go premiered at Sundance under the name Relive.

The final movie to launch this summer is Forrest Film's drama Bennett's War, which is hoping to hit half a million in box office receipts through Monday. Over the weekend, the movie collected US$445,151.

Labor Day weekend isn't usually a busy time of year for moviegoing, so holdovers include Universal's Good Boys, Hobbs & Shaw and Disney's The Lion King.

Universal's Good Boys held steady at No 2, pocketing US$9.1 million over the weekend for an estimated US$11.5 million Labor Day weekend. After three weeks in theatres, the R-rated comedy has earned a solid US$58 million.

Disney's The Lion King nabbed third place, earning US$6.7 million during its seventh outing and eyeing US$8.8 million through the four-day weekend. Through Sunday, the photorealistic remake has earned US$521 million in North America. The Lion King is now the seventh-biggest movie in history with US$1.562 billion globally, passing Furious 7 (US$1.516 billion) and The Avengers (US$1.519 million).

In fourth, Universal's Hobbs & Shaw generated US$6.2 million over the weekend and should finish the holiday with US$8 million. The Fast & Furious spinoff, starring Dwayne Wade and Jason Statham, has made US$158.86 million at the domestic box office and US$684.2 million worldwide.

Sony's Overcomer amassed US$5.7 million for a fifth-place finish. The faith-based film looks to end Monday (Sep 2) with US$7.8 million, which would bring North American ticket sales to US$19.4 million.

Source: Reuters/sr