Kingsman: Golden Circle Lassos IT

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It’s usually good to be the king.

And so it is for Kingsman: Golden Circle, which relegated IT to second place at the box office over the weekend. This Bond-esque, R-rated sequel to 2014’s Kingsman: The Secret Service outpaced the original in its debut, taking in an estimated $39 million en route to its No. 1 finish.

Meanwhile, Pennywise slouched down to No. 2 after two weeks of preying on the top slot. But shed no tears for this fearsome clown: IT raked in another $29.8 million, pushing its domestic take to $266.1 million in just over two weeks. If that sounds like a lot of money, well, it is. IT is officially the highest-grossing R-rated horror film ever (not adjusting for inflation), moving past The Exorcist to claim that grisly crown. (If we did feel like adjusting for inflation, however, The Exorcist’s $232.9 million box office haul back in 1973 translates to $983.2 million in today’s dollars—seriously scary numbers.)

Blocking, er, clocking in at No. 3 was The LEGO Ninjago Movie, which managed to snap up $20.4 million. And while that figure would no doubt buy a veritable plethora of LEGO bricks, it was far short of the $30 to $35 million some industry insiders had predicted for a franchise that’s beginning to look like it might just be on the verge of falling apart at the Cineplex.

American Assassin dropped from No. 2 last week to No. 4 this week, shooting down another $6.3 million. And it once again topped director Darren Aronofsky’s controversial, darkly spiritual thriller Mother!, which earned another $3.3 million to take the fifth spot.

Two other newcomers failed to crack the top 5: the social media-themed horror flick Friend Request as well as Stronger, based on the true story of a man who lost both of his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.

Expect a big shakeup in the box office next week with the arrival five new films in wide release.

Who wrote this?

Adam R. Holz is a senior associate editor for Plugged In. He also writes for Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse magazine and has been a Boundless contributor. In his free time (which there is sometimes precious little of) Adam enjoys playing guitar and constructing LEGO kits with his son. Adam and his wife, Jennifer, are the proud parents, in fact, of three children, one boy and two girls.

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Anonymous 6 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

After looking at that picture above for a little bit, I just realized how much Mark Strong looks like Lex Luthor. It's a shame they didn't get him to play Lex in Batman v Superman...
Anonymous 6 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

So let me get this straight. For seven weekends in a row, an R rated movie has topped the box office.

All I can say is, Justice League, Coco, and Star Wars VIII can't come soon enough.
Evan Weisensel 6 months ago
Dang shame The Ninjago Movie isn't doing better, really hyped for that one. Oh well, gonna go see it next week and hopefully again with my friend.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

I'll be honest, I knew that the movie was never going to be as good as the TV series, but I wasn't expecting it to outright be bad!

Then again, I haven't seen the movie yet, so maybe my opinion will be different than that of Rotten Tomatoes. I'll probably give it a try when it comes out on Redbox, but until then, I'll just rewatch the TV show.
Evan Weisensel 6 months ago
I've seen buts and pieces of the TV Show myself and I enjoyed what I saw. (The Music was especially good!) So I'm namely going into this film with an unbiased opinion. I just really love the artwork and style of the movie, it's as if LEGO wanted to do there own take on all that crazy Asian pop culture that I just can't get enough of! Also, those mechs the characters pilot are a thing of beauty.
bobed 6 months ago
I am sad that two movies made less money than the blasphemous Mother. I would be happy if Mother was on the bottom, or perhaps out of theaters entirely. I wish I could hope the same for It, but it doesn't look like there's a chance of that.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Since Darren Aronofsky took a jab at Christians with mother! by making God look like a cruel person who doesn't care about humans, how about us Christians making a movie called father! and make it about how God loves his followers and even died for our sins so that we could live with him in eternity?

Just an out there idea.
Tricia Inscho 6 months ago
Love it!!!
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bobed 6 months ago
This is genuinely an honest question, asked with no malicious intent. Why are you mocking the idea of God's love for us? If that's not your intention, I apologize, but that's what it seems like to me.
Evan Weisensel 6 months ago
I'm not really, I'm a devout Christian myself. I was just jokingly pitching a ridiculous plot for the hypothetical "movie" that I thought people would know that it was a joke and have a bit of a chuckle about. Didn't mean any harm by it.
Evan Weisensel 6 months ago
Why was my comment deleted here? It didn't have anything bad, it was juts a harmless joke.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

I think the reason Evan's comment was deleted was because of how Trump is arguably the most controversial person in the news right now, and comparing him to God probably isn't the funniest joke to ever be told.
Evan Weisensel 6 months ago
Ok. That's too bad, I wasn't trying to offend. I just thought it'd be funny if Trump played a Christ-like figure in a movie considering how many of his supporters are devoted to him and considering his rather abrasive personality would be an amusing contrast.
Airship Prodigy 6 months ago
I might have been offended, but really I'm just confused.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

So when someone asks what kind of genre that the movie is, what would we say?

I know what I'd say:
This is a thriller! :)
Evan Weisensel 6 months ago
Nice one! :)
bobed 6 months ago
Yes! What a good idea for a response! I support it. :)