America Re-Reads Chapter Two

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Moviegoers just can’t get enough scares in September.

IT: Chapter Two earned its second-straight box-office victory, devouring an estimated $40.7 million in North America en route to the win. That pushes its total domestic cume to about $153.8 million. Add in its overseas cash, and Chapter Two has collected $323.3 million worldwide. Clearly, this pic ain’t clowning around.

By the way, Chapter Two is now the year’s 12th-biggest movie, according to Box Office Mojo, and by next week it might skitter into the top 10. It’s just $7 million behind 10th-place How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World for 2019, and less than $14.5 million behind Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. And if these IT movies have taught us anything, it’s to be very afraid if Pennywise starts stalking you.

Unlike last week, though, IT: Chapter Two had a bit of competition.

Jennifer Lopez’s R-rated, stripper-themed Hustlers danced into second with $33.2 million. That’s the biggest opening ever for the film’s studio, STXfilms. And that figure set a high-water mark for JLo, too, becoming the biggest live-action debut in her career. The movie far outstripped the rest of the field, earning seven times that of the third-place flick.

Angel Has Fallen was that third-place flick, tumbling to bronze-medal status with $4.4 million. Meanwhile, the R-rated comedy Good Boys was sent to the fourth-place corner with nearly $4.3 million. The Lion King spent its ninth weekend in the top five, earning another $3.6 million to push its domestic total to $534 million. (And The Lion King’s current worldwide tally of $1.6 billion has pushed it up to the No. 7 slot of all time, sandwiched between Jurassic World at No. 6 and The Avengers at No. 8.)

While Hustlers hustled it’s way to a big debut, the other new wide release, The Goldfinch, had its wings clipped. Most critics found this adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel pretentious rather than prestigious (it has a 26% “freshness” rating on Rotten Tomatoes), and audiences apparently agreed. It flew to just $2.6 million in its opening weekend, which stuck it in eighth place behind Christian flick Overcomer.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous 23 days ago

I'd love to see IT Part 2 one of these days, simply to find out what happens to the adults, but even though Part 1 definitely had more character development than the original 1990 version had, it also overthrew the original Pet Sematary and Nicholas Cage's Knowing as the scariest movie I'd ever seen, making me literally jump out of my movie theater seat every five minutes or so, so I'm a little worried that Part 2 could be even scarier. As it stands my favorite movies of the year so far have been in order:

1. The Lion King

2. Aladdin

3. Blinded By the Light

4. A Madea Family Funeral

5. Descendants 3

6. The Art of Racing in the Rain

7. A Dog's Journey

8. DisneyNature's Penguins

9. The Secret Life of Pets 2

10. Breakthrough

11. A Dog's Way Home

12. Dumbo

13. How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Anonymous 28 days ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

The next movie that I'll see in theaters will probably be Sonic the Hedgehog, which doesn't come out until February next year. Guess I'm stuck in that movie drought season when there's nothing really interesting to see again (for me at least).

I'll be replaying Horizon Zero Dawn this weekend to tide me over while I wait.