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Angel Has Fallen Tops Expectations

Good Boys drops to second place for weekend
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 25, 2019 11:15 AM CDT
Gerard Butler, left, and Morgan Freeman in "Angel Has Fallen," directed by Ric Roman Waugh.   (Jack English/Lionsgate via AP)

(Newser) Angel Has Fallen has easily topped the box office with a $21.3 million debut, as the action sequel became the latest mid-budget release to find modest success in the often-quiet late summer, the AP reports. The Lionsgate film beat expectations going into the weekend, opening similarly to the 2016 installment, London Has Fallen. The film series stars Gerard Butler as a Secret Service agent protecting the US president, played by Morgan Freeman.

Last weekend's No. 1 film, the R-rated comedy hit Good Boys, slid to second with $11.8 million. The Christian film Overcomer trailed in third with an $8 million opening weekend. The acclaimed Fox Searchlight horror release Ready or Not, which is about a bride forced into a deadly game of hide-and-seek with her new in-laws, got off to a lackluster start with $7.6 million.

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