‘Angel Has Fallen’ Bumps ‘Good Boys’ From Its Box-Office Lead


Mike Banning may have dropped out of favor as a Secret Service agent in the third installment of Gerard Butler’s “Fallen” series, but not in the eyes of domestic audiences.

Lionsgate and Millennium’s “Angel Has Fallen,” the action-packed political thriller, hit first place at the box office on its opening weekend, grossing about $21.3 million in the United States and Canada. It brought in nearly the same amount as its prequel, “London Has Fallen,” did when it opened in 2016, making roughly $21.6 million in ticket sales. The first film of the series, “Olympus Has Fallen,” earned $30.3 million over its opening weekend in 2013.

In the film, Butler reprises his role as Banning, a Secret Service agent who, despite successfully protecting the president against terrorist attacks in the earlier installments, is accused of masterminding an assassination attempt on the new commander in chief (Morgan Freeman).

[Read our critic’s review of “Angel Has Fallen.”]

“Angel” didn’t receive the warmest reviews from critics (the movie holds a mere 39 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes). But its star-studded cast, which also includes Jada Pinkett Smith and a grizzled Nick Nolte, presumably contributed to its success with audiences. According to Comscore, which compiles box-office data, the movie had a stronger opening weekend than was expected.



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