Kingsman: Golden Circle Lassos IT

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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