Weekend box office – It: Chapter Two scares up $185 million global debut

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When director Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s II dropped into cinemas in 2017, it scared the pants off any expectations notching up the biggest domestic opening ever for a horror film, the biggest September opening weekend ever, and the second-biggest R-rated debut at the time (Deadpool 2 would eventually eclipse it). On top of all of that commercial success, it was also beloved by critics with an 87% Fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. It: Chapter Two though, is just a bit off that pace, but still dominating handily.

The horror sequel hit US theatres this weekend past, bringing in a massive $91 million which puts it in second place behind its predecessor’s $123 million for both horror and September releases. Although I’m sure Warner Bros would have liked more, that is still well within studio expectations and enough to blow away any other film on the charts (more on that soon).

Internationally though, Chapter Two actually improved on the first film, earning $94 million from 75 markets as opposed to the original’s $62 million. It: Chapter Two has definitely not been as well-received as It critically though, only hitting 64% on RT but a $185 million global tally goes a long way to salving Warner Bros’ qualms, especially since this will help to course-correct the studio after a recent string of big losses like The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Shaft, and The Kitchen.

With no other new releases in the US this weekend past, it was up to the leftovers to pick up… well, the leftovers from It: Chapter Two. And there really wasn’t much to go around. In second place, Angel Has Fallen earned just $6 million, as Good Boys rounded out the top three with $5.4 million. The most notable entry on the charts is actually the Shia LaBeouf-led The Peanut Butter Falcon which added more locations to propel itself from twelfth to seventh place as it earned $2.2 million.

Let’s see what the rest of the US top ten chart looks like:

No.Movie Name Weekend gross Percentage change US Domestic gross Worldwide gross Last Week's Position
1It: Chapter Two $91 million NE $91 million $185 million NE
2Angel Has Fallen $6 million -49% $53.4 million $82.2 million 1st
3Good Boys $5.3 million -43% $66.8 million $82.4 million 2nd
4The Lion King $4.1 million -39% $529.1 million $1.599 billion 3rd
5Overcomer $3.7 million -33% $24.7 million $24.7 million 6th
6Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw $3.7 million -42% $164.2 million $719.7 million 4th
7The Peanut Butter Falcon $2.2 million -24% $12.2 million $12.2 million 12th
8Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark $2.2 million -54% $62.1 million $88.8 million 7th
9Ready or Not $2.2 million -62% $25.6 million $35.5 million 5th
10Dora and the Lost City of Gold $2.1 million -47% $54.1 million $82.3 million 11th

NE = New Entry

Last Updated: September 9, 2019

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