'It' Is Still Feared at Box Office as 'mother!' Disappoints



The Stephen King adaptation has set another new record of the highest grossing September release of all-time.
"It" is still floating at North American box office. The horror movie proves to be the biggest threat among other films, including two new releases this weekend, with additional $60 million in its second weekend.

With a current total domestic gross of $218.7 million after ten days in release, the adaptation of Stephen King's novel has set a new record of the highest grossing September release of all-time. It surpassed the $174.8 million brought in by "Crocodile Dundee" in 1986, though the number is not adjusted for inflation.

The film starring Bill Skarsgard as evil clown Pennywise is also close to being the largest R-rated horror film of all-time. It only needs to add another $14.2 million to top "The Exorcist" $232.9 million domestic total.

In international markets, "It" grossed an estimated $60.3 million for a total international cume of $152.6 million and a global tally of $370 million.

Placing second at the domestic chart this week is "American Assassin" which stars Dylan O'Brien. It opened to an estimated $14.8 million. "We feel that we're off to a very solid start," says Shaun Barber, Lionsgate's EVP and general sales manager of domestic theatrical distribution. The movie earned an A CinemaScore from the audience. As for a plan to make a franchise of the movie, Barber says "it's very early in the run" and "too soon to call."

Darren Aronofsky's psychological thriller "mother!", on the other hands, has a disappointing debut with just approximately $7.5 million. The movie marks the worst wide debut for a Jennifer Lawrence movie. It didn't help that the film received an "F" CinemaScore, despite a 68% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. The movie premiered at the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival to generally good reviews before its release.

"This movie is very audacious and brave. You are talking about a director at the top of his game, and an actress at the top her game. They made a movie that was intended to be bold," Paramount worldwide president of marketing and distribution Megan Colligan comments on the movie's performance. "Everyone wants original filmmaking, and everyone celebrates Netflix when they tell a story no one else wants to tell. This is our version. We don't want all movies to be safe. And it's okay if some people don't like it."

At No. 4, "Home Again" adds an estimated $5.3 million or dropping only 37.7% from last week. "The Hitman's Bodyguard" also drops two places to round out the top five with approximately $3.6 million.

Top Ten Movies at Weekend Box Office for September 15-17:
  1. "It" - $60 million
  2. "American Assassin" - $14.8 million
  3. "mother" - $7.5 million
  4. "Home Again" - $5.3 million
  5. "The Hitman's Bodyguard" - $3.55 million
  6. "Annabelle: Creation" - $2.6 million
  7. "Wind River" - $2.55 million
  8. "Leap!" - $2.1 million
  9. "Spider-Man: Homecoming" - $1.9 million
  10. "Dunkirk" - $1.3 million


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