It marks the first time that an R-rated comedy has come in No. 1 since The Boss in April 2016. To boot, the Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg-produced pic is on course to score the best opening of the year for any original comedy in a much-needed win for the genre.
Friday’s haul of $8 million includes $2.1 million in Thursday previews.
The film follows a trio of 12-year-old boys who will do anything to gain admittance to a kissing party. Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams and Brady Noon star, with Gene Stupnitsky helming in his feature directorial debut.
Universal will also take second place with holdover Hobbs & Shaw, which is expected to earn $14 million in its third weekend as it revs past the $400 million mark gobally. And on Friday, Universal crossed the $1 billion mark in 2019 domestic ticket sales, becoming the only major Hollywood studio to do so behind Disney.
Heading into the weekend, Good Boys was pacing to launch with $12 million-$15 million.