erik lundegaard

Box Office: J-Lo Makes it Rain, ‘IT 2’ Scares Up More

Girls just wanna have bonds. 

Could “Hustlers,” in which sympathetic strippers rip off douchey Wall Street brokers in the lead-up to the 2008 Global Financial Meltdown, be Jennifer Lopez’s first $100 million movie? It came in second this weekend, grossing $33 million, and such films are usually right on the cusp. From recent years:

YEAR MOVIE OPEN TOTAL THTRS
2016 Sully $35,028,301 $125,070,033 3,955
2017 Annabelle: Creation $35,006,404 $102,092,201 3,565
2018 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again $34,952,180 $120,634,935 3,514
2016 The Magnificent Seven (2016) $34,703,397 $93,432,655 3,696
2016 Sausage Party $34,263,534 $97,685,686 3,135
2019 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part $34,115,335 $105,806,508 4,303
2017 Get Out $33,377,060 $176,040,665 3,143
2019 Hustlers $33,230,000 $33,230,000 3,250
2018 A Wrinkle in Time $33,123,609 $100,478,608 3,980
2019 Dark Phoenix $32,828,348 $65,845,974 3,721
2017 Blade Runner 2049 $32,753,122 $92,054,159 4,058
2019 Men in Black International $30,035,838 $79,800,736 4,224

 Is anyone surprised a J-Lo movie never broken $100? OK, two movies have—both animated, and neither really J-Lo movies: “Ice Age: Continental Drift” and “Home.” The best live-action grosser of hers if “Maid in Manhattan” from 2002 ($94) and “Monster-in-Law” from 2005 ($82). Her heyday. She’s only done seven live-actioners in the 14 years since 2005:

  • 2007: “El Cantante” with Marc Anthony ($7.5)
  • 2010: “The Back-Up Plan” with Alex O’Loughlin(?) ($37.4)
  • 2012: “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” with mostly female cast ($41.1)
  • 2013: “Parker,” a Jason Statham actioner ($17.6)
  • 2015: “The Boy Next Door,” threatened by a younger lover ($35.4)
  • 2015: “Lila & Eve”(?) with Viola Davis ($0.038)
  • 2018: “Second Act,” girl from the block succeeds in business world ($39.2)

Feels like a film festival in hell. In three days, “Hustlers,” which is supposed to be good (88%), has made almost as much money as almost any of them. Welcome back. Now don’t blow it.

Speaking of: “It: Chapter Two” won the weekend with another $40.7 mil, bringing its 10-day total to $153.8. Nothing to sneeze at ... unless you compare it to “It,” which grossed $218 domestic by this point. A little odd to me. It’s rare when a sequel to a good movie doesn’t do as well in the opening rounds. Because the first played off “Stranger Things” and now we’re kinda tired of it? Because it’s not kids? Because it’s not new? It’s still doing great, just not “It” great.

The fourth weekend of “Angel Has Fallen” grossed another $4.4 to bring its total to $60. The fifth weekend of “Good Boys” grossed another $4.2 to bring its total to $73. The ninth weekend of “Lion King” grossed at $3.5 to bring its total to $553.9.

The other wide opener, “The Goldfinch,” has buzz for a bit, but like so many September releases the buzz died fast: 25% RT, $2.6. The well-reviewed “Monos,” which I saw at SIFF last May, opened in five theaters to good reviews (91%) and little dough ($43k).

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Posted at 03:55 PM on Sun. Sep 15, 2019 in category Movies - Box Office  
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