A raunchy comedy featuring a trio of pre-teen boys is the weekend’s movie champion, with “Good Boys” taking the top spot at the box office in its debut.
According to Box Office Mojo, the R-rated comedy — from producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and starring Brady Noon, Keith L. Williams and Vancouver native Jacob Tremblay — raked in $21 million at the domestic box office, eclipsing the competition to claim this weekend’s #1 slot.
“The bottom line is the film is absolutely hysterical,” Jim Orr, Universal’s president of domestic distribution, told Variety. “[Writer/director] Gene Stupnitsky and [writer] Lee Eisenberg knocked it out of the park. And [Rogen and Goldberg] are a brand and really own this space with a very difficult genre.”
“Good Boys” also brought in an additional $2.1 overseas, for a worldwide total of $23.1 million in its first weekend.
“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” continued to show strength, capturing second place with domestic ticket sales of $14.1 million in its third weekend of release, adding to a domestic total that now tops $133 million.
Disney grabbed the third-place slot with “The Lion King”, which brought in $11.9 million in its fifth weekend, for a domestic total of $496 million.
Rounding out the top five are “The Angry Birds Movie 2”, with a domestic take of $10.5 million in its debut weekend, and “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”, bringing in just over $10 million in its second weekend.
Meanwhile, some new releases got off to weak starts in their debuts, with the Bruce Springsteen-inspired comedy “Blinded By the Light” taking the ninth-place spot with a domestic take of $4.4 million, and the Cate Blanchett-starring “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” landing at #11 with a $3.4 million opening.