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KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE Reigns at Box Office

KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE Reigns at Box Office

Despite receiving somewhat lukewarm critical reviews, the spy spoof comedy Kingsman: The Golden Circle brought in regal numbers at the box office over the weekend, with approximately $39 million in North America and another $61 million from over 60 territories. This improves slightly on the mid-30s opening of the original and continued a torrid September pace in receipts, after one of the worst August in over a decade. Fox undoubtedly considers these results a success, particularly if the week-to-week dropoff for the film is as moderate as the original.

In second place was the horror film It, which dropped 50% from its second weekend’s performance but added another $30 million to its scary good $266 million domestic cume, making it the highest grossing R-rated movie of all time without adjusting for inflation, topping a record held by The Exprcist for over 40 years. When you consider the additional $211 million the Stephen King novel-based film has brought from 59 territories abroad, the remake is nothing short of a smashing success.

In third place was The LEGO Ninjago Movie, which debuted to a paltry $21 million, below most industry expectations and signifying the smallest of the three LEGO Movie openers. The other wide release this weekend, Friend Request, bombed itself to a sixth place finish and scarcely over $ 2 million in ticket sales.

In fourth place was Americans Assassin, after dropping a large 58% from its opening weekend take, enough for $6.25 for the weekend and $26.1 over its first ten days. The Reese Witherspoon rom com Home Again finished fifth, dropping only 33%, though its domestic total is only a modest $22 million into its third week.

Meanwhile, Darren Aronofsky’s controversial movie mother! dropped over 57% from its already tepid release last weekend – the expected outcome after a devastating F audience Cinemascore – bringing in $3.26 million for a total of $13.4.

There was better news for studios with smaller rollout this past weekend. Roadside saw the Jake Gyllenhaal drama Stronger debut to over $1 million, enough for ninth place. The movie clearly took advantage of the good word of mouth it received out of TIFF two weeks ago.

Other arthouse movies did well too, with Battle of the Sexes grossing a half a million in 21 theaters, and the British drama Victoria and Abdul brining in $152,000 from just four theaters. The animated Loving Vincent made $24,000.

With the strong September performances, receipt are now down less than 5%, which must have studios execs breathing a sigh of relief after being down over 6% thanks to a brutal August.

The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, September 24, are below.

1. Kingsman: The Golden Circle – 20th Century Fox – $100.2M
2. It – Warner Bros. – $68.3M
3. Lego Ninjago Movie, The – Warner Bros. – $31.7M
4. War For The Planet Of The Apes – 20th Century Fox – $19.6M
5. Hitman’s Bodyguard, The – Multiple – $17.2M
6. American Assassin – Multiple – $8.9M
7. mother! – Paramount Pictures – $7.9M
8. Spider-Man: Homecoming – Sony – $7.1M
9. Invisible Guest, The – Multiple – $6.5M
10. American Made – Universal – $6.0M
11. I Can Speak – Lotte Entertainment – $4.8M
12. Emoji Movie, The – Sony – $4.7M

The top 12 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, September 24, are below.

1. Kingsman: The Golden Circle – 20th Century Fox – $39.0M
2. It – Warner Bros. – $30.0M
3. Lego Ninjago Movie, The – Warner Bros. – $21.2M
4. American Assassin – Lionsgate – $6.2M
5. Home Again – Open Road – $3.3M
6. mother! – Paramount – $3.3M
7. Friend Request – Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures – $2.4M
8. Hitman’s Bodyguard, The – Lionsgate – $1.9M
9. Stronger – Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions – $1.7M
10. Wind River – The Weinstein Company – $1.3M
11. Spider-Man: Homecoming – Sony – $1.1M
12. Brad’s Status – Annapurna Pictures  – $1.0M

About The Author

J. Don Birnam

J. Don Birnam, a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online, has been a movie lover since he saw the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in theaters at a tender age, and has been a devoted student of American film history every since. His favorite films range from Back to the Future to West Side Story, depending on the time of day, and has a mildly unhealthy obsessions with the Academy Awards. Any similarity with the slightly unstable writer in the seminal 1944 film ‘The Lost Weekend’ is pure coincidence

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