'Angel Has Fallen' tops box office with $21.3 million debut

This image released by Lionsgate shows Gerard Butler, left and Morgan Freeman in "Angel Has Fallen," directed by Ric Roman Waugh.

NEW YORK (AP) — "Angel Has Fallen" has easily topped the box office with a $21.3 million debut, as the action sequel became the latest mid-budget release to find modest success in the often quiet late summer.

The Lionsgate film beat expectations going into the weekend, opening similarly to the previous 2016 installment "London Has Fallen." The film series stars Gerard Butler as a Secret Service agent protecting the U.S. president played by Morgan Freeman.

Last weekend's No. 1 film, the R-rated comedy hit "Good Boys," slid to second with $11.8 million. The Christian film "Overcomer" trailed in third with an $8 million opening weekend.

The acclaimed Fox Searchlight horror release "Ready or Not," about a bride forced into a deadly game of hide-and-seek with her new in-laws, got off to a lackluster start with $7.6 million.

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