Weekend Box Office: ‘Happytime Murders’ and ‘A.X.L.’ Stumble on Debut
The August Box Office goes quietly
The August Box Office came to a close this week with two new mediocre releases. The sci-fi family drama “A.X.L.” and the adult-comedy “The Happytime Murders” hit theaters this week, squeezed between the debut of “Crazy Rich Asians” last week and next week’s release of “Kin”.
“Crazy Rich Asians” won the weekend for the second time in a row, bringing in $25M and raising the film’s two-week domestic total to just under $77M. “Crazy Rich Asians” was directed by Jon Chu, the film stars Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, and Awkwafina.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ “The MEG” took second-place overall with a $13M weekend, the shark thriller has now made over $105M in just three-weeks. “The Meg” was directed by Jon Turteltaub, the film features Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Ruby Rose, and Jessica McNamee.
“The Happytime Murders” debuted at third-place this weekend, only grossing $10M across 3,256 locations. “The Happytime Murders” was directed by Brian Henson, the film stars Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks, and Maya Rudolph.
Fourth-place went to “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” bringing in another $8M for the studio and raising the film’s five-week total to just under $194M. “Mission Impossible 6” was directed by Christopher McQuarrie, the film stars Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Angela Bassett, and Alec Baldwin.
Disney’s live-action “Christopher Robin” remained on the top five this weekend, bringing in over $6M and raising the film’s four-week domestic total to $77M. “Christopher Robin” was directed by Marc Forster, the film stars Tom McCarthy, Alex Ross Perry, Ewan McGregor and Allison Schroeder.
Not making the top five but worth mentioning was “A.X.L.,” which opened at ninth place overall with a $3M weekend. “A.X.L” was written and directed by Oliver Daly, the film stars Thomas Jane, Becky G, and Alex Neustaedter.