With Five More New Releases, Can Any Movie Break Through at the Box Office in August?

August’s box office traffic jam is turning into full-on pileup. After five new nationwide releases last weekend, most of which failed in spectacular fashion, five more newcomers are arriving on movie theater marquees. It could mean another rough outing for Hollywood studios.

Universal’s raunchy comedy “Good Boys,” Sony’s animated “Angry Birds” sequel and Entertainment Studio’s shark thriller “47 Meters Down: Uncaged” look to have the best start among fresh offerings, but there’s a chance those will be the only films to hit double-digit debuts.

The Angry Birds Movie 2” is getting a jump on the weekend by launching on Tuesday for a projected $16 million to $18 million from 3,800 theaters during its first six days of release. Some box office watchers estimate the film could reach $20 million, but even those numbers would be a huge drop from its predecessor, 2016’s “Angry Birds.” The first film, based on the once-popular phone app and video game, scored $38 million in its inaugural weekend and went on to earn $352 million globally. The follow-up cost $65 million to produce, slightly less than the first film’s $73 million budget.

In the sequel, the feathered protagonists team up to save Bird and Piggy Islands after advanced weapons threaten their home. The voice cast includes Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Maya Rudolph, and Leslie Jones.

“Angry Birds 2” enters an already crowded family market and will face competition from PG offerings including Paramount’s “Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” Disney-Fox’s “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” and Disney’s “The Lion King” and “Toy Story 4.”

Good Boys” might star three youngsters — Jacob Tremblay, Brady Noon, and Keith L. Williams — but make no mistake, the R-rated film isn’t for the whole family, unless that family loves sex toys, drugs and the F-word. The movie is expected to earn between $12 million and $15 million from 3,000 venues, a modest start given its $20 million price tag. Comedies have had a tough go as of late, and even acclaimed films including “Booksmart” and “Late Night” failed to turn critical raves into ticket sales. But “Good Boys,” which was produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, hopes to reverse that trend. The movie follows three sixth-graders who find themselves tangled in a series of antics while they prepare for their first kissing party.

Meanwhile, “47 Meters Down: Uncaged” is projecting $11 million to $14 million when it debuts in 2,850 theaters. The original movie started small with $11 million but had a long run in theaters, ultimately ending with $44 million in North America. Stars Mandy Moore and Claire Holt didn’t return for the sequel, which instead focuses on four teenage girls who, while scuba diving in a ruined underwater city, find themselves face-to-face with a deadly species of shark.

It’s looking a little bleaker for the rest of this weekend’s newcomers: Warner Bros.’ musical comedy “Blinded by the Light” and Annapurna’s mysterious drama “Where’d You Go, Bernadette.” Both could end up disappointing with debuts in the single digits.

Blinded by the Light,” a coming-of-age story about a British Pakistani teenager whose life is changed after he discovers the tunes of Bruce Springsteen, should make $4 million from 2,000 locations. Despite a modest $15 million budget, that would be a rough start in an already rocky summer for Warner Bros., which missed with last weekend’s mob thriller “The Kitchen” and May’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.” Gurinder Chadha, best known for 2002’s “Bend It Like Beckham,” directed the movie, inspired by the life of journalist Sarfraz Manzoor. Reviews out of Sundance were strong and it holds a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Also targeting a slightly older crowd, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” is eyeing a $5 million launch from 2,400 screens. Unless the big-screen adaptation breaks out beyond book readers, it could add to Annapurna’s mounting financial woes after a string of underperforming films. Directed by Richard Linklater and based on the best-selling novel by Maria Semple, the movie centers on the titular Bernadette (Cate Blanchett), who curiously disappears just before her family is set to go on a big trip. The cast also includes Billy Crudup and Kristen Wiig.

While there’s certainly no shortage of options, August might end summer on a muted note. For now, all eyes are on Warner Bros. “It Chapter Two” for a much a needed lift at the box office come September.

More Film

  • Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez star

    Box Office: Jennifer Lopez 'Hustlers' Heading for $25 Million Launch

    STX Entertainment’s “Hustlers,” a comedic thriller about strip-club employees seeking revenge, is expected to earn $25 million when it opens on Sept. 13, according to early tracking. The movie — starring Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Lili Reinhart, Keke Palmer, Cardi B and Lizzo — will debut alongside Warner Bros.’ “The Goldfinch.” The drama, based on [...]

  • AMC TheatresShop signs, Los Angeles, America

    AMC Theatres Lays Off 35 Corporate Staffers

    AMC Entertainment has laid off 35 corporate staffers and will not fill an additional 15 open jobs. The Kansas-based chain made the announcement Thursday as part of a previously announced “profit improvement plan” intended to achieve operating and administrative efficiencies. AMC, which operates more than 10,000 movie screens, had disclosed the plan on Aug. 8 [...]

  • Ann Sarnoff Warner Bros

    Ann Sarnoff Formally Takes Reins of Warner Bros. as CEO

    The Ann Sarnoff era at Warner Bros. has begun. Sarnoff formally took the reins as Warner Bros. chair-CEO on Thursday, two months after she was appointed to the post. Sarnoff told employees in a memo that she has been impressed by the company’s track record during the past year amid a period of upheaval for [...]

  • Take Me Somewhere Nice review

    Ena Sendijarevic on Migration, Identity and the Question of Belonging

    Bosnian filmmaker Ena Sendijarević had an auspicious debut with “Import,” a short film which world premiered in Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight in 2016. Drawing on her own family’s personal history, the Amsterdam-based director crafted an idiosyncratic tale about a family of Bosnian refugees trying to make a new home in the Netherlands. With her feature debut, [...]

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Haugesund Prizes ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire,’ ‘Him,’ ‘Ballon’

    HAUGESUND, Norway  —  Celine Sciamma’s intellectually dexterous, bittersweet love tale “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” has claimed another heart, taking home The Norwegian Film-Critics’ Prize at the Haugesund Film Festival’s closing night on Thursday. The festival, which runs over August 17-23, capped its 47th edition with a screening of André Løyning and Kristian Landmark’s [...]

  • Motherless Brooklyn Edward Norton

    Edward Norton Investigates Murder in 'Motherless Brooklyn' Trailer

    The trailer for Edward Norton’s forthcoming crime drama “Motherless Brooklyn” is officially out. Warner Bros.’ drama, based on the 1999 novel by Jonathan Lethem, follows Lionel Essrog, a young man who works for a small-time mobster in Brooklyn while struggling with an intense case of Tourette Syndrome. “Okay, listen, I got something wrong with me, [...]

  • Summer Box Office

    Box Office Report Card: Studios Get Their Summer Grades

    Studios got badly burned this summer. From May to August, popcorn season in movie speak, the film flops piled up and the big hits were few and far between for nearly every company except Disney. As a whole, summer did little to instill confidence in the state of moviegoing. To be sure, there were successes [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content