Universal's kid-oriented comedy "Good Boys" topped the North American box office after taking in $21.4 million on its opening weekend, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Monday.
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 $14.2 million.
In third spot for a second straight week, showing considerable staying power, was Disney's "The Lion King," at $12.3 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 $10.4 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 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:
"Dora & the Lost City of Gold" ($8.6 million)
"47 Meters Down: Uncaged" ($8.4 million)
"Once Upon a Time in...Hollywood" ($7.7 million)
"The Art of Racing in the Rain" ($4.6 million)
"Blinded by the Light" ($4.3 million)