IT will reclaim its box office crown in the face of competition from Kingsman: The Golden Circle and American Made. The horror reboot has been pulling in huge numbers since its release in early September, opening to a massive $123 million that broke records. In the weeks since, it's clinched the title as (one of) the highest grossing horror films of all time, pushing past a $500 million haul at the worldwide box office and continuing to climb.
The movie's success hinged largely upon its rave reviews and cult following - fans of both Stephen King's original novel and the 1990 mini-series were eager to see it in theaters — but it was also due, at least partially, to timing. With the summer film slate winding down and slowly building into fall, the competition wasn't stiff. So this week, with new openings on the horizon, all eyes were on IT to see if it could hold onto its top spot. And last week, Kingsman: The Golden Circle — the second installment in the Kingsman series — finally came through, knocking IT from its perch and charging to the front of the pack.
But it looks like that triumph will be short-lived, as Box Office Mojo has IT pegged to narrowly beat both The Golden Circle and American Made, Doug Liman's Tom Cruise-fronted crime epic. The site has all three films battling it out just above the $17 million mark, with American Made's $17.02 million barely edging out The Golden Circle's $17 million and IT pulling ahead with $17.31M. The Lego Ninjago Movie looks to land in fourth with $12 million, and Flatliners in fifth with $6.7 million.
American Made's second place spot comes as somewhat of a surprise, as it opened to an underwhelming $958,000 during its Thursday night preview, one of the lowest intakes in recent memory. It's still a modest opening for a project toplined by Cruise - though his summer tentpole, The Mummy also struggled out of the gate - but with good reviews and word of mouth, the movie could build up its clout. As for The Golden Circle, it was a tight race, but IT's continued success is a major feat: even several weeks after its release, it's still beating out new entries.
Of course, the final numbers are still coming in, and with the tally so close, some studios are waiting until later in the day to make an official call. It's possible the final rankings won't be settled until Monday morning.
Source: Box Office Mojo
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