'Good Boys' tops N. American box office

Actors (L to R) Brady Noon, Jacob Tremblay and Keith L. Williams arrive at the Hollywood premiere of Universal Pictures' "Good Boys" on August 14, 2019 (AFP Photo/KEVIN WINTER)

Los Angeles (AFP) - Universal's kid-oriented comedy "Good Boys" topped the North American box office this weekend, taking in an estimated $21 million for the weekend, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.

It was the first time an R-rated comedy had placed No. 1 since the same studio's Melissa McCarthy film "The Boss" in early 2016, according to Hollywood Reporter.

"Good Boys," produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, follows three 12-year-olds -- played by Brady Noon, Jacob Tremblay and Keith L. Williams -- as they desperately try to get into a kissing party.

The three-day weekend was a good one for Universal, as last week's top movie "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" -- starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jason Statham -- slipped just one spot from first to second, taking in $14 million.

In third spot for a second straight week, showing considerable staying power, was Disney's animated "The Lion King," at $11.9 million. Its all-star voice cast includes Rogen, Donald Glover, Beyonce, James Earl Jones and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Sony's new animation "The Angry Birds Movie 2" placed fourth, at $10.5 million. That was a big drop from the original "Angry Birds" movie, which opened in May 2016 at $38.2 million.

And in fifth was Lionsgate's "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," at $10.1 million. Based on the children's horror books, it stars Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza and Gabriel Rush.

Rounding out the weekend's top 10 were:

"47 Meters Down: Uncaged" ($9 million)

"Dora & the Lost City of Gold" ($8.5 million)

"Once Upon a Time in...Hollywood" ($7.6 million)

"Blinded by the Light" ($4.5 million)

"The Art of Racing in the Rain" ($4.4 million)