I can’t tell you the last time this happened, but three movies are in a dead heat for the top spot in the weekend box office charts. With estimates separating the three titles in contention by only $310,000, we won’t know exactly which will claim the victory until the actuals are announced later today.
As of now, four-week-old ‘It‘ is in the lead with $17.3 million. If that holds, the film will return to the top position after one week losing to the ‘Kingsman’ sequel. With $291 million in domestic revenue and $262 million in foreign sales, the $35 million horror movie has officially crossed the $500 million milestone.
The second title battling for #1 is ‘American Made‘. With an estimated $17.01 million domestic debut, the film currently sits in second place, but that could easily change by the end of the day. The $50 million Tom Cruise vehicle has been playing overseas for a few weeks. To date, it has grossed $64.7 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $81.7 million.
Right on the heels of those two is ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle‘. Falling 56%, its sophomore weekend resulted in $17 million. Although the sequel’s opening was higher than that of the original ‘Kingsman’, its $66.7 million ten-day total is behind the $67.9 million the first one had at this point. Internationally, ‘The Golden Circle’ is still pacing very well. To date, the $104 million spy movie has drawn $126.2 million overseas, giving it a worldwide total of $192.9 million.
‘The Lego Ninjago Movie‘ fell an expected 41%. In comparison to the previous two Lego movies, its $12 million second week is really low for the franchise. The film’s domestic ten-day total is at $35.5 million (which is less than the opening weekends of either ‘The Lego Movie’ or ‘Lego Batman’). Internationally, it’s up to $22.7 million, giving it a $58.2 million worldwide draw.
The remake/sequel of ‘Flatliners‘ rounded out the Top 5 with $6.7 million, which isn’t exactly dead on arrival, but its vitals are undeniably weak. The movie made $3.1 million from 21 international markets. With a price tag of $19 million, a $9.8 million worldwide debut is very poor.
On the other hand, the thriller ‘Til Death Do Us Part‘ did have a DOA debut. Finishing at #9, it only made $1.5 million. Faith-based ‘A Question of Faith‘ performed even worse. Opening in 11th place, the $1 million opening made a poor $1,589 per-screen debut.
From five locations, the concert film ‘Pearl Jam: Let’s Play Two‘ earned a solid $55,274 and a per-screen average of $11,055. The roadshow performances are in full swing throughout this week, so look for show times in your area.
1. ‘It’ (Warner Bros.) – $17,310,000
2. ‘American Made’ (Universal) – $17,016,000
3. ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ (Fox) – $17,000,000
4. ‘The Lego Ninjago Movie’ (Warner Bros.) – $12,000,000
5. ‘Flatliners’ (Sony) – $6,700,000
6. ‘Battle of the Sexes’ (Fox Searchlight) – $3,400,000
7. ‘American Assassin’ (Lionsgate) – $3,325,000
8. ‘Home Again’ (Open Road) – $1,756,372
9. ‘Til Death Do Us Part’ (Novus) – $1,567,966
10. ‘mother!’ (Paramount) – $1,460,000
Tom Cruise is the new Adam Sandler.
After while we will stop being surprised that their new release was not as well received as we would have expected 10 years prior.