Universal Pictures’ R-rated comedy “Good Boys” topped the domestic box office, exceeding all expectations with a $21 million opening weekend which pulled in diverse crowds and has already made back its $20 million production budget.
The opening marks a needed win for original comedies which have struggled at the box office lately. In fact, it’s the first R-rated comedy to open in the top spot in three years and the biggest opening for an original comedy this year.
Universal also held second place with “Fast & Furious” spin-off “Hobbs & Shaw” which earned $14.1 million in its third weekend, taking its domestic total to $133 million. Disney’s “The Lion King” stayed in third place with $11.9 million.
That’s better than the four other new releases which fared relatively poorly. Despite surprisingly good reviews, Sony’s “The Angry Birds Movie 2” scored $10 million and $16 million over its first six days – a far cry from the $38 million the first film took its opening weekend. It fought out with “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” in its second weekend for a $10 million three-day haul.
In sixth was “47 Meters Down: Uncaged” which made $9 million, not far off the $11 million its predecessor opened to. Also opening were the Springsteen-themed musical “Blinded by the Light” and Richard Linklater’s “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” which both bombed with openings in 10th and 11th place.