Here’s the problem with supernatural, undying beasties. They are, by definition, really difficult to finish off. It’s pretty much a horror-movie cliché: Monsters only look dead until you kill ’em three or four times.
Contenders for this weekend’s box-office crown discovered that to their detriment this week, as two-time champ IT—which last week had sunk to second place and looked like it was going to float away—suddenly perked back to life and climbed back to the top of the charts, likely with ominous music playing in the background.
(Or did it? The race this week was pretty close, so the final numbers may tell a different story, given that the top three finishers are separated by a scant $300,000. But as of now, IT earned an estimated $17.3 million.)
IT’s resurgence was bad news for Tom Cruise’s American Made and last week’s champ, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which finished in a dead heat for second place. Early estimates give the nod to the R-rated thriller American Made, with a preliminary tally of $17,016,000. Kingsman, last week’s champ, currently sits at third with $17 million flat, but we’ll have to wait for the photo finish to call this definitively.
The LEGO Ninjago Movie finished fourth with $12 million, while another newcomer, Flatliners, beeped to fifth with $6.7 million. Battle of the Sexes, an Oscar-bait flick that expanded to 1,200 theaters this weekend, finished just outside the top five with $3.4 million.
Final Figures Update: Well, looks like IT wasn’t quite as lively as originally projected. Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which had been projected to finish third, wound up in first place, finishing with $16,935,565. That’s just about $33,000 more than IT made, which landed in second place for the second straight week. American Made slipped to third with about $16.8 million.