Gerard Butler and Morgan Brown at the premiere for the film "Angel Has Fallen.” File photo/Reuters
Lionsgate's new action-packed political thriller "Angel Has Fallen" debuted atop the North American box office with an estimated $21.3 million in ticket sales, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.
"Angel," which stars Gerard Butler playing a Secret Service agent wrongly accused of trying to kill the president (Morgan Freeman), is the third film in the franchise. It also stars Nick Nolte, Piper Perabo and Jada Pinkett Smith.
Last weekend's leader, Universal's raunchy tween comedy "Good Boys," slipped to $11 million but managed to hold onto second spot on a sleepy late-summer weekend.
In third place was another new release, Sony's "Overcomer," a Christian-themed movie about a former basketball coach (Alex Kendrick) who agrees half-heartedly to help prepare a young asthmatic orphan girl (Aryn Wright-Thompson) for a huge cross-country meet.
It took in $8.2 million despite tepid reviews.
Just behind in fourth place was Disney's updated version of "The Lion King," which pulled in $8.15 million, bringing its domestic total over six weeks in release to $510.6 million and its global total to more than $1.5 billion.
Universal's action film "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jason Statham came in fifth, taking in $8.1 million.