The killer clown film finally met its match in Kingsman: The Golden Circle. It had to give up its hold on the #1 spot while still ringing up $30 over its third weekend in release. The critically acclaimed horror film based on Stephen King’s bestseller is now the highest grossing R-rated horror film in history with a total domestic gross of $266 million. Warner Bros has to be ecstatic about It‘s performance, especially given its $35 million budget.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle opened lower than expected, but still managed to surpass Kingsman: The Secret Service‘s opening weekend numbers, taking in $39 million domestically compared to the first Kingsman‘s $36 million. Critics ranked the sequel below the original film, with Kingsman: The Secret Service sitting at 74% fresh while Kingsman: The Golden Circle rests at just 51% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
Also opening lower than anticipated were the latest LEGO movie, The LEGO Ninjago Film, and the social media horror film, Friend Request. Ninjago‘s opening ranks third among the three LEGO films, while Friend Request‘s C+ CinemaScore and 19% Rotten Tomatoes rating don’t bode well for a successful theatrical run.
Opening next weekend: Tom Cruise’s American Made, the Flatliners remake, and an expansion of Battle of the Sexes into wider release.
Box Office Top 10: September 22-24, 2017
- Kingsman: The Golden Circle – $39,000,000
- It – $30,000,000
- The LEGO Ninjago Movie – $21,245,000
- American Assassin – $6,250,000
- Home Again – $3,311,821
- mother! – $3,260,000
- Friend Request – $2,400,000
- The Hitman’s Bodyguard – $1,850,000
- Stronger – $1,747,910
- Wind River – $1,265,285