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September has been a fairly quiet month at the movies so far, with one big exception: IT. The movie has dominated at the box office for the past two weekends, bringing in $123 million during its first weekend and an additional $60 million its second weekend, plus some extra in between. Now heading into its third weekend, IT is going to be facing some really competition for the first time, namely thanks to Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle. Regardless, will Kingsman 2 be able to beat IT during its third weekend? Things are looking good so far.
When Kingsman first hit the U.S. back in 2014, the flick brought in $36.2 million during its first weekend. New reports indicate that Kingsman 2 will do a bit better at the box office, bringing in $40 million or maybe even $45 million domestically, a respectable total--especially for a movie franchise that has made a lot of its money overseas. Although we'd expect its competitor IT to drop a bit at the box office this week, considering that IT still made $60 million last weekend, it's still going to make money this weekend, and it could be decently close.
Per Deadline, IT is still tracking pretty high this weekend, and is expected to bring in an additional $30 million dollars domestically. That's still a huge amount for a movie in its third week, but it looks like it may not be enough to keep IT in the #1 slot this weekend. In fact, there's even a chance the flick ends up at #3, thanks to The Lego Ninjago Movie.
The LEGO Ninjago Movie is also hitting theaters, and while that's less likely to detract from the R-rated IT audience, it should also do well. There have been a dearth of family-friendly movies at the box office in recent months, and The Lego Ninjago Movie is expected hit somewhere in the $30 million plus range, which means it should do fairly close to IT. (We should point out that number is far lower than The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Batman Movie in their first weeks, though.)
Obviously, box office predictions run the gamut. In its first weekend, IT was expected to make like $60 million, and while projections were eventually adjusted up a little bit, we already know IT blew past both of those predictions by a wide margin. This weekend, Kingsman 2, The Lego Ninjago Movie and IT are all tracking fairly close to one another, so really, it's anybody's game at this point. Stay tuned to see if Kingsman: The Golden Circle does manage to be the golden child of the weekend. We'll keep you updated as the real numbers roll in, and don't forget to contribute to the box office totals this weekend, so your favorites stay on top. In addition, here's what's coming with our full schedule.