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.