HOLLYWOOD—The battle at the box-office over the weekend was much closer than I anticipated. After having a monster opening last week, “It: Chapter Two” took a big tumble, dropping more than 50 percent in box-office receipts. The horror sequel still maintained the top spot at the box-office earning $41 million in its second weekend in theaters. As a result, the horror flick has already crossed over the $150 million mark at the domestic box-office.
Now, the flick that generated a ton of buzz and drew audiences to the theater was the dramedy “Hustlers.” The stripper flick; the movie has very little stripping America. The Jennifer Lopez starrer managed to debut in second place with an impressive $33 million haul during its opening weekend. Not bad for an R-rated flick, and it’s one of the highest debuts in Lopez’s career.
“Angel Has Fallen” landed in third place adding another $4.4 million to its tally. After a month in theaters, the action-thriller has amounted over $60 million at the domestic box-office. “Good Boys” fell to fourth place with $4.3 million, while “The Lion King” rounded out the top five with $3.6 million.
Not faring so well with audiences was “The Goldfinch” which completely bombed with a dismal $2.6 million after opening in more than 2500 theaters. Perhaps the movie was too much of a bore to intrigue audiences to give it a shot. This weekend sees the release of the Brad Pitt sci-fi adventure “Ad Astra,” the big screen version of “Downton Abbey” and Sylvester Stallone returns for “Rambo: Last Blood.”
As much as I would love to predict who will be victorious at the box-office I have no idea. It could be “It: Chapter Two,” it could be “Hustlers” or one of the new releases could really impress audiences. We’ll have to wait and see what transpires.