‘Kingsman’ Defeats Pennywise to Claim Top of the Box Office

Kingsman: The Golden Circle” unseated “It” to win the box office in its opening weekend.

Box Office Mojo reports that the action/spy/comedy sequel earned an estimated $39M domestically, and had a worldwide total of $100M. It opened just ahead of it’s predecessor, “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” which went on to gross an unexpected $414M in 2015. That filmed opened to very little competition in February. Moving the sequel to a September release was a risk that may pay off. It is still too soon to know for sure.

Be sure to read the official Awards Circuit review of “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” by Chris James.

It” moved to second place this week, adding $30M in US ticket sales to its three week total. The adaptation of Stephen King’s famous novel has earned around $266M in the US and $478M worldwide. It is the highest grossing Stephen King adaptation, the highest grossing R-rated horror film, and the second highest grossing supernatural horror film.

Also debuting this week is third place “The LEGO Ninjago Movie.” The third film in the LEGO franchise is generally considered to be the third best. The previous two films, “The LEGO Movie” and “The LEGO Batman Movie” both had February openings and saw big box office numbers. The decision to open “Ninjago” in September was questionable and the numbers seem to prove that. “The LEGO Ninjago Movie” opened with $21M. Budget data has not been confirmed, so it’s unclear how this tracks with the previous two films. However, the original “LEGO Movie” debuted with $69M on a $60M budget, and “LEGO Batman” opened to $53M on an $80M budget. Which would indicate that “Ninjago” is far under-performing.

American Assassin” finished in fourth place. Its two-week total is $26M domestic, and $32M worldwide, putting it just even with its budget.

The Reese Witherspoon romantic comedy “Home Again” managed to keep a spot in the top 5 this week, earning $3.3M and narrowly edging out sixth place finisher, “mother!” Darren Aronofsky’s divisive allegory earned $3.2M in the US. “mother!” also opened in several foreign markets where it earned an additional $12.5M, putting its total at $25M worldwide. This is actually ahead of “Home Again,” which has not played internationally.

Another newcomer to theaters this week was the horror film “Friend Request.” It opened in seventh place to $2.4M. It has also not played in an foreign markets, but should earn back its budget, which was less than $10M.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard” held on to eighth place with another $1.8M.

Opening in ninth was the Jake Gyllenhaal film, “Stronger.” Opening on just 574 screens, the story of a Boston Marathon bombing survivor earned $1.7M in its first weekend.

And clinging to the top 10 is The Weinstein Company’s “Wind River.” The Jeremy Renner-led crime drama added another $1.2M, for a total of $31M.

Next week’s openings include the domestic thriller “Til Death Do Us Part” and horror remake “Flatliners.” Also opening is the Tom Cruise crime thriller “American Made.”

Tell us: What did you see this weekend? “Kingsman: The Golden Circle?” Or something else? Comment below with your thoughts!