Pennywise’s reign of terror at the top of the domestic box office is officially over, as Stephen King’s It was dethroned Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which earned an estimated $39 million in ticket sales.
The Matthew Vaughn-directed spy comedy (which we scored a 7 out of 10 in our review) managed to surpass Kingsman: The Secret Service’s $36.2 million debut, but actually came in under industry expectations, which pegged The Golden’s Circle’s opening weekend at $40 million. However, given the first film’s staying power (it went on to gross $128.3 million domestically), there’s a good chance that The Golden Circle could have considerable longevity at the box office as well.
The other major debut this weekend was The LEGO Ninjago Movie, which came in at third place with a disappointing $21.2 million. This marks the lowest opening weekend for Warner Bros.’ LEGO film franchise, as Ninjago came in well below The LEGO Movie’s $69.1 million and The LEGO Batman Movie’s $53 million hauls.
Even though Stephen King’s It was knocked out of first place, the film still placed second with an impressive $30 million. Director Andy Muschietti’s critically-acclaimed film is now the highest-grossing R-rated horror movie of all time, with its current domestic total of $266.3 million recently surpassing the record set by The Exorcist ($232.9 million).
Here are the weekend estimates for the top 10 films at the North American box office, according to comScore:
1. Kingsman: The Golden Circle $39 million
2. Stephen King’s IT $30 million
3. The LEGO Ninjago Movie $21.2 million
4. American Assassin $6.3 million
5. Home Again $3.3 million
6. mother! $3.3 million
7. Friend Request $2.4 million
8. The Hitman’s Bodyguard $1.9 million
9. Stronger $1.7 million
10. Wind River $1.3 million