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‘Angel Has Fallen’ stays aloft to top North American box office

Lionsgate’s political thriller “Angel Has Fallen” didn’t quite soar but managed to stay atop the North American box office on this US holiday weekend, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.

The action-packed film took in an estimated $11.6 million for the first three days of Labor Day weekend and $14.5 million for the four-day period. That came at the end of a summer that saw movie revenue dip by 2 percent from last year, the Comscore website said.

“Angel,” the third film in the franchise, stars Gerard Butler as a Secret Service agent wrongly accused of trying to kill the US president (Morgan Freeman).

A relatively sedate movie weekend saw little change in the top five films. In second for a second straight week was Universal’s raunchy tween comedy “Good Boys,” which took in $9.2 million for three days ($11.6 million for four).

In third, up one spot from last weekend, was Disney’s updated version of “The Lion King,” which pulled in $6.7 million ($9.2 million) in its seventh week out.

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Universal’s action film “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” also rose a spot from last weekend, taking fourth place at $6.3 million ($8.1 million).

And slipping from third to fifth, at $5.7 million ($7.9 million), was Sony’s “Overcomer,” a Christian-themed movie about a former basketball coach who agrees to train an asthmatic orphan girl for a huge cross-country meet.

Rounding out the weekend’s top 10 were:

“Ready or Not” ($5.6 million; $6.7 million)

“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” ($5 million; $6.2 million)

“Spider-Man: Far From Home” ($4.3 million; $5.4 million)

“Dora and the Lost City of Gold” ($4.1 million; $5.7 million)

“The Angry Birds Movie 2” ($4.1 million; $5.4 million)

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