Following its record-breaking debut weekend last week, American horror movie “It” continues to lead North American box office for the second weekend in a row with an estimated 60 million US dollars in its second weekend.
The film, which debuted at #1 last weekend, tops this weekend’s chart with another $60.0 million in estimated receipts. The top worldwide markets this weekend were Mexico ($13.8 million), the United Kingdom ($8.2 million), Australia and Russian Federation ($4 million), and Brazil ($3.4 million).
Record-setting horror film “It” continued its winning ways over the weekend, accounting for almost three times the combined ticket sales of the next two films in North American theaters, industry websites reported Monday. However, it’s a bit of a different story once the numbers for the William Friedkin classic are adjusted for inflation.
The best debut this weekend went to “American Assassin” from Lionsgate, the actioner brought in $14.8M across 3,154 locations to take second-place on the domestic charts. The $33 million Michael Keaton/Dylan O’Brien production scored low marks from the press – 35% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 46/100 from Metacritic- and moderate marks from ticket buyers, who gave the feature a “B+” on CinemaScore. “Right behind the horror flick is the new action film “#American Assassin” starring Michael Keaton, and the drama/thriller “mother!” starring Jennifer Lawrence and #Javier Bardem. And three, would this same film have even received a theatrical release without Aronofsky and Jennifer Lawrence’s names attached?
The latest film from Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky scored a 69% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 75/100 from Metacritic. They gave the Lawrence flick a deadly “F” grade on CinemaScore.
The Reese Witherspoon-led “Home Again“, distributed by Open Road Films, came in fourth, adding $5.3 million in its second weekend for a cumulative $17.1 million. A $27 million final gross is possible.
Rounding-out the Top Five this weekend was “The Hitman’s Bodyguard“, also from Lionsgate, which earned $3.5M across 3,272 locations. After five weeks, the Ryan Reynolds/Samuel L. Jackson action comedy has gunned down $71 million.
The movie is adapted from the novel by horror author #Stephen King.