AceShowbiz - "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" rules this week's North American box office. The sequel to 2015's "Kingsman: The Secret Service" pulled in an estimated $39 million during its first weekend to take over the top spot from two-time champion "It".
While the three-day gross marked the fifth-highest September opening ever and was above the $36.2 million brought in by its predecessor, "The Golden Circle" was still behind expectations. The Matthew Vaughn-directed flick will likely gross below the $41.8 million four-day total earned by the first movie over President's Day weekend in 2015.
"The Golden Circle" is expected to add an estimated $61.2 million from 55 international markets this weekend. Despite getting roughed up by critics, the movie got a decent B-plus CinemaScore from moviegoers.
"We're looking forward to a really strong run," Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution at 20th Century Fox, optimistically says. "Every single territory that opened opened bigger than 'The Secret Service', so that's pretty exciting."
Landing at the runner-up place, "It" adds approximately $30 million to bring its current domestic total to $266.4 million after 17 days in theaters. The Warner Bros. Pictures horror adaptation of Stephen King's novel has officially become the top gross of all time for an R-rated horror film, though the number is not adjusted for inflation.
Meanwhile, a new release from Warner Bros., "The Lego Ninjago Movie", is rather disappointing, debuting at No. 3 with an estimated $21.2 million, which is below industry projections of near $30 million. "The Lego Movie" spin-off is also behind its predecessors "The Lego Movie" ($69.1 million) and "The Lego Batman Movie" ($53 million).
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