Warner Bros. Pictures is getting mixed results at the start of the fall box office schedule. The big adaptation of “The Goldfinch” stumbled out of the gate this weekend, while STX’s comedy “Hustlers” stole the spotlight. To make matters worse for “The Goldfinch,” there are three big releases next week: “Ad Astra,” “Downton Abbey,” and “Rambo: Last Blood,” which will most likely push “The Goldfinch” further down on the box office charts.
“IT: Chapter 2,” also from Warner Bros. Pictures, remained at the top of the domestic charts this weekend, earning $40.7M and raising the film’s two week domestic total to $153.8M. Andy Muschietti directed “IT Chapter 2,” which stars Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Oleff, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, and Bill Skarsgård.
STX Entertainment’s “Hustlers” took second place overall with a $33.2M opening weekend and was the top new release of the week. Lorene Scafaria directed “Hustlers,” which stars Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Lili Reinhart, and Cardi B. The new release pushed “Angel has Fallen” down one spot to third place, but the film still brought in another $4.4M. Now in its fourth week in theaters, the actioner has made over $60.3M domestically. Ric Roman Waugh directed “Angel Has Fallen,” which stars Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Lance Reddick, and Nick Nolte.
Universal Pictures landed in fourth place overall with the adult-comedy “Good Boys,” which dropped one spot with a $4.2M weekend. The film released in theaters five weeks ago, and has made over $73.3M for the studio. Gene Stupnitsky directed “Good Boys,” which stars Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, and Brady Noon. Disney’s “The Lion King” took fifth place this weekend, and the live-action adaptation made another $3.5M, raising the film’s nine week domestic total to almost $534M.
Not making the top five but worth mentioning is Warner Bros. Pictures’ seemingly doomed adaptation of “The Goldfinch,” which made $2.6M on its opening weekend across 2,542 locations. John Crowley directed “The Goldfinch” for the studio, and the film features Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Oakes Fegley, Finn Wolfhard, Sarah Paulson, Luke Wilson, Jeffrey Wright, and Ashleigh Cummings. The $2.6M opening landed the film in eighth place overall on the domestic charts this weekend.
As we mentioned earlier, several new movies are coming to the box office next weekend. Brad Pitt’s “Ad Astra” is opening against the “Downton Abbey” movie, as well as “Rambo: Last Blood” with Sylvester Stallon and Paz Vega. The box office slows a bit the following weekend, with the animated-comedy “Abominable” opening nationwide and Renee Zellweger’s “Judy” opening in limited theaters.
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