Weekend box office: Kingsman: The Golden Circle is golden

Matthew Vaughn’s spy sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle has topped the box office in its opening weekend, having grossed $39 million domestically and a further $61.2 million from global markets for a worldwide opening weekend of $100.2 million.

The sequel to “Kingsman: The Secret Service“, “The Golden Circle” sees British spy organisation Kingsman join forces with American counterpart Statesman to take on a new global threat.

There’s also Entertainment Studios’ horror entry Friend Request, which is barely registering. Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Stronger”, a biopic on Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, is opening with a moderate $1.6 million at 574 sites for Roadside Attractions.

But having stormed the box office in its opening weekend with revenue of $123 million, “It” still boasts impressive earnings of $266.3 million in only three weeks.

The Golden Circle” had a much more mixed critical reception than “Secret Service” did, earning 51 percent on Rotten Tomatoes compared to its predecessor’s 74 percent.

That leaves Warner Bros. and New Line’s It in second for the weekend ($30 million from 4,007 theaters). “It” has already become the highest-grossing horror movie of all time, eclipsing the $233 million domestic total for “The Exorcist“. And the Lego franchise is seeing diminishing returns. The Golden Circle’s worldwide receipts are up 63% on its predecessor from the same locations, while the film is still to open in over half of the global markets including South Korea, France, China and Japan.

Now in its third week, Open Road Films’ “Home Again” dropped one place to fifth with a take of $3.3 million.

Fox Searchlight’s comedy-drama “Battle of the Sexes“, a potential awards contender, launched strongly in limited release with an estimated $460,000 at 21 venues. That decline had been 6.5% before “It” opened on September 8.

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