Thanks to a solid opening from Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Pennywise The Dancing Clown was banished to the #2 slot last weekend, but now director Andres Muschietti's IT has managed to float back to the top of the charts in its fourth three-day go-round. Check out the full breakdown with the chart below!
|2.||American Made*||$17,016,000||Total: $17,016,000||
|3.||Kingsman: The Golden Circle||$17,000,000||Total: $66,701,588||
|4.||The LEGO Ninjago Movie||$12,000,000||Total: $35,556,065||
|6.||Battle of the Sexes||$3,400,000||Total: $4,073,158||
|7.||American Assassin||$3,325,000||Total: $31,873,581||
|8.||Home Again||$1,756,372||Total: $25,181,947||
|9.||Til Death Do Us Part*||$1,567,966||Total: $1,567,966||
It's true that IT didn't exactly have a monster weekend, and it actually only barely beat out both American Made and Kingsman: The Golden Circle, but estimates show that the horror film has once again been crowned box office king. And given that we have officially entered the month of October, it feels very appropriate. The Stephen King adaptation has only been seeing decreases in its weekend totals in modest slices, and its 41.8 percent drop from the last three day span was apparently enough for the movie to be named number one with $17.3 million brought in.
This fun victory is just icing on the cake for IT, particularly after the box office milestone that it just hit this past week. As was officially announced by Warner Bros. in a press release, the global total for the film has gone over $500 million. This is more than enough to establish it as both the biggest Stephen King adaptation and the biggest R-rated horror movie of all time, but it is about to go even further by taking down M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense to become the biggest supernatural horror feature ever on the domestic front. Simply put, this thing is a juggernaut, and the fact that we are now in Halloween month means that we could see some fans getting in the mood to put down even more money for tickets
The big new release for this week was Doug Liman's American Made, but the based-on-a-true-story drama had to settle for second place - falling a little less than $300,000 short of the top spot. Given the fact that the movie has already made $64.7 million in foreign markets, the good news is that the project is in positive financial shape, having been made for only $50 million. If there is any bad news, it's for Tom Cruise, as the numbers don't exactly look good when compared to the openings of some of his other recent projects. Sure, nobody expected the feature to make anything like Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation's $55.5 million, but it is still lower than The Mummy, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Edge of Tomorrow, and Oblivion. You have to go back all the way to 2012 to find weaker opening numbers for a Cruise movie, and that was the year of Rock of Ages and the original Jack Reacher. So while American Made is doing fine in a vacuum, one can assume that the folks at Universal Pictures were probably hoping for more (especially because it holds an impressive 87 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Speaking of Rotten Tomatoes scores, one feature that most definitely wasn't helped by critical reaction is Niels Arden Oplev's new Flatliners remake. Sony didn't lift the review embargo on the project until Friday morning, and it currently sits with a shocking zero percent. The lack of buzz can definitely be recognized in its box office performance, as the project grasped the number four spot while making nearly half of what the number three film, The LEGO Ninjago Movie, managed to pull in. It's not a terrible situation, as the studio thriller only had a reported $19 million budget, but still nobody can be happy about this.
After a somewhat underwhelming week, things should definitely pick up next time around. This Friday sees the wide release of Denis Villeneuve's critically-acclaimed Blade Runner 2049 in addition to the Idris Elba-Kate Winslet romance The Mountain Between Us, and the animated My Little Pony feature. We're excited to see how it all shakes out, so come back next Sunday to see the final numbers!