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This is, without a doubt, an unusually strong September at the box office.
The thanks go mostly to “It,” which charged out of the starting gate for Warner Bros. and New Line as a record-breaking hit two weekends ago with $123 million domestic. Last weekend it easily stayed on top of the North American charts with $60 million. But now, Pennywise the clown has tough competition from two new releases — Fox’s “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” and “The Lego Ninjago Movie” from Warner Bros.
The sequel to “Kingsman: The Secret Service” looks like the leader of the pack. It’s tracking with a wide-ish margin in the $40 millions from more than 4,000 locations. That would be an improvement on the original, which had a domestic opening of $36.2 million. Foreign grosses boosted the first “Kingsman” to become a global hit, and it finished its run with $414.4 million worldwide. So B.O. observers should look abroad for the second go-around as well »
- Seth Kelley
In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Twentieth Century Fox claims the top spot in spending for the second week in a row with “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.”
Ads placed for the action comedy had an estimated media value of $7 million through Sunday for 1,533 national ad airings across 32 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Sept. 11-17. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Twentieth Century Fox continued to target a sports-loving audience with significant budget allocated to NFL Football and College Football, as well as episodes of “South Park” and “Family Guy.”
Just behind “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” in second place: Warner Bros. Animations’ “The Lego Ninjago Movie,” which saw 1,306 national ad airings across 48 networks, with an estimated media value of $5.95 million.
I don’t really know what it’s like to be an actor and even less what it’s like to be an aging actor, but I have to wonder what made Michael Keaton take this role in American Assassin. He signed on to play this role after being nominated for an Oscar for Birdman and having wrapped production on The Founder, so he had done two big meaty acting roles in a row and he chose…this. Maybe the money was too good (and he didn’t know he would sign to be The Vulture a month later), maybe the phone just isn’t ringing off the hook for older actors if you aren’t in the Clooney-tier. American Assassin is a bad movie and it makes Keaton look like a dime store Liam Neeson. He should be doing better things than this, everyone in this movie should. Movies »
- Arthur Martinez-Tebbel
While the It had no trouble repeating atop the box office for a second straight frame in a row last weekend, it doesn't seem that it will be going for a three-peat, with three new movies vying for the crown in wide release, 20th Century Fox's action-packed sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Warner Bros.' Lego Movie spin-off The Lego Ninjago Movie and Entertainment Studios' horror-thriller Friend Request. While it very well could be a close race, we're predicting that Ninjago will come out on top with $55.6 million, while Kingsman 2 will follow just behind with $52.4 million.
Box Office Mojo reports that both Kingsman 2 and Ninjago will be released in roughly 3,900 theaters, with Friend Request opening in roughly 3,000 theaters. All of those movies will still fall short of the 4,138 theaters that the blockbuster It remake was playing in last weekend, but after a record-breaking opening weekend, and a normal second-weekend drop, »
Here's your estimated 3-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. It - $60.0 million ($218.7 million total) 2. American Assassin - $14.8 million ($14.8 million total) 3. mother! - $7.5 million ($7.5 million total) 4. Home Again - $5.3 million ($17.1 million total) 5. The Hitman’s Bodyguard - $3.5 million ($70.3 million total) 6. Annabelle: Creation - $2.6 million ($99.9 million total) 7. Wind River - $2.5 million ($29.1 million total) 8. Leap! - $2.1 million ($18.6 million total) 8. Spider-Man: Homecoming - $1.8 million ($330.2 million total) 10. Dunkirk - $1.3 million ($185.1 million total) The Big Stories There are virtually no surprises at the box office this weekend. Nothing was going to challenge the latest incarnation of Stephen...
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- Erik Childress
Box Office: September 15-17, 2017 It was Number One at the box office over the weekend for the second week in a row with $60 Million for $218.7 Million dollars so far. The fascination with It / Pennywise the Dancing Clown, from fans of the previous TV movie and present-day [...]
Continue reading: Box Office: September 15-17, 2017: It, American Assassin, Mother!, & More »
- Rollo Tomasi
The horror film It topped the box office again this week with $60 million. The two-week total for the film fell just short of $220 million but has established the Stephen King adaptation as the highest grossing September release of all time. In a distant second-place was American Assassin with $14.8 million in its first week of release.
Darren Aronofsky’s mother! finished in third with $7.5 million in its initial week of release and has apparently not been winning audiences over despite the presence of star Jennifer Lawrence. Meanwhile, the Reese Witherspoon comedy Home Again brought in $5.3 million to bring its two-week total to $17.1, which was good enough to hold fourth place this week. The Hitman’s Bodyguard brought its five-week total to $70.4 million with $3.6 million this weekend, which held fifth place for it.
The successful six-week run for Annabelle: Creation continued as the horror film took in $2.6 million to raise its total »
- Mike Tyrkus
It continues to crush the box office competition, winning the box office for the second straight week. It brought in an additional $60 million this weekend, bringing the films estimated domestic total to just over $218 million. With excellent business overseas, It has brought an international cume of just over $152 for a worldwide total of $370 million. It’s been an impressive start for It, and it should be interesting to see how It performs in its third weekend with the release of both The Lego Ninjango Movie and Kingsman The Golden Circle.
In a somewhat surprising turn of events, American Assassin finished second this weekend, opening with a solid $14.8 million. The Michael Keaton led Assassin was not only able to top the film which sits in the third spot, but almost double its opening weekend box office.
The movie that sits number 3 is Darren Aronofsky’s Mother!, which opened with a disappointing $7.5 million. »
- Peter Towe
MaryAnn’s quick take… It’s tormented hotheads all around with a hero and villain who are almost indistinguishable and same-old spy stuff racing to a seen-it, been-there ticking-clock finale. I’m “biast” (pro): love a good action movie
I’m “biast” (con): this looked really familiar
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Lordy, save us from young hothead dudes who disobey every order yet save the day, leaving their older, wiser, and more experienced superiors in awe. Let’s not encourage this. Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien: Deepwater Horizon, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials) — why not just call him Lank Squarejaw? — is “the best I’ve ever seen” whose test scores are “off the charts” and “through the roof.” He’s got “talent and balls”! He’s got a dead blonde fiancée killed by terrorists — let’s »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Two months after it opened in North America, Fox’s “War for the Planet of the Apes” is leading the international box office.
That is, thanks to China, which is gradually seeing Hollywood films cash in following a summer blackout period. This weekend “Apes” is making $62.9 million total overseas from 21 territories. The threequel has now earned $287.9 million from the international box office and combined with its domestic grosses, totals $433.8 million in spoils worldwide. That’s still less than the past two installments, 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (481.8 million) and 2014’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (710.6 million).
Film Review: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’
Meanwhile, the cash keeps flowing in for Warner Bros. and New Line’s “It” both in North America and abroad. This weekend, it’s expected to take in $60.3 million from 56 territories for a running total of $152.6 million. Worldwide, the R-rated horror flick has earned $371.3 million.
- Seth Kelley
Mark Harrison Sep 20, 2017
American Assassin and mother! are both 18-certificate films that landed in UK cinemas the same week. This is not common at all...
You know how it is. You wait ages for one film with an 18 certificate and then two of them arrive in UK cinemas in the same week. American Assassin, an action thriller adapted from Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp novels, and Mother!, the new drama from Darrren Aronofsky, both landed in the uppermost BBFC category for 'strong violence'.
It's comparatively rare to see the 18 certificate before films these days, when they used to pop up on all manner of films, from raunchy comedies to sci-fi actioners. In the case of many older films that »
Stephen King’s mighty “It” is single-handedly reviving box office totals after a bleak late summer. It is rare for the second weekend of a hit film to provide the majority of the gross for the time period, but that’s what Warner Bros. achieved on the horror flick’s second weekend. While not as dominant as it was in its September record initial three days, $60 million represented barely more than a 50 per cent drop. Not bad.
With almost $219 million in the till so far and a strong hold, forget $300 million as an ultimate domestic total — $350 million now looks possible. “It” is already the third-biggest modern-day September release ever after only ten days. It will soar past “Rush Hour” by next weekend, and end up almost certain behind “Crocodile Dundee” (adjusted to current ticket prices, at about $410 million) as best for the month in the era of wide initial releases. »
- Tom Brueggemann
Two new films proved to be no match for Pennywise the Clown this weekend at the North America box office. Warner/New Line’s It had another fantastic session while American Assassin targeted mild numbers and mother! only added to the multiplex woes that continue to haunt Paramount Pictures.
Defying the 60-70% second week drop usually associated with films in the horror genre, It fell only 51% from its record debut numbers to bag an estimated $60 million from 4,148 theaters. The ten-day total for the blockbuster adaptation of the Stephen King novel now stands at $218 million. With stellar word-of-mouth from first week crowds turning It into something of a must-see event, It should be able to work its way to an incredible $325 million by the end of its run.
It is also taking a serious bite out of the international box office as well. The feature scared up $60.3 million from overseas markets »
After just eight days in release, WB and New Line's It became the highest grossing September release of all-time, two days later it added another $40 million to that total for an impressive $60 million second weekend and nearly $220 million in just ten days. The horror film's performance vastly overshadowed the weekend's two new wide releases that saw Lionsgate and CBS Films's American Assassin deliver respectable results in second place while Paramount's release of Darren Aronofsky's mother! suffered greatly, finishing in third and receiving a disastrous "F" CinemaScore from opening day audiences. With an estimated $60 million this weekend, WB and New Line's It brought its domestic cume to $218.7 million after just ten days in release. As already mentioned, that makes it the largest September release ever, topping 1986's Crocodile Dundee ($174.8m). That number, of course, is not adjusted for inflation. Adjusted for inflation, however, It still finishes within the top »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
“It,” from Warner Bros. and New Line, expects to finish its second weekend with $60 million from 4,103 locations. That would make its domestic gross so far $218.7 million — a record for the highest earning September release ever. The old record-holder was 1986’s “Crocodile Dundee” with $174.8 million. Broken down by day this weekend, “It” earned $19.4 million on Friday and $26.2 million on Saturday. Sunday’s take is estimated to be about $14.5 million. 389 Imax screens are expected to account for just over $3 million of the film’s take in North America this weekend.
Film Review: Jennifer Lawrence in ‘mother!’
Overseas, “It” is pulling in an additional $60.3 million in 56 markets. That raises its international total to $152.6 million and the worldwide tally to $371.3 million.
Based on Stephen King’s novel, “It” opened last weekend with an enormous domestic pull of $123.4 million. The R-rated title, reportedly »
- Seth Kelley
17 September 2017 6:37 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Darren Aronofsky's mother! stalled in its domestic box-office debut, grossing an estimated $7.5 million from 2,368 theaters after receiving a rare F CinemaScore and facing competition from the blockbuster It.
mother!, an elevated psychological horror-thriller, supplanted The House at the End of the Street ($12.3 million) to mark the lowest nationwide launch of Jennifer Lawrence's career. The Paramount title, which costed $30 million to produce, came in No. 3 over the weekend behind It and new offering American Assassin. (In a sign that summer is over, all three titles are rated R.)
- Pamela McClintock
17 September 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
[Warning: The following story contains spoilers from the movie and book American Assassin.]
Michael Cuesta's American Assassin is based on a book of the same name by Vince Flynn, who wrote an entire series of thrillers about counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But there are some key differences between Flynn's novel and the movie starring Dylan O'Brien as Mitch.
"The movie's very different from the book," screenwriter Stephen Schiff says of the changes made for the big-screen version. "There's no bomb in the book. There's no character like Ghost in the book. Most of what's in the movie is not in »
- Hilary Lewis
This sub-Bourne secret service thriller lacks depth, charm and pizzazz
This Bourne trilogy rip-off takes the solipsism of that character and removes all of his interiority and self-reflection, centring a film around a protagonist whose deranged psychological profile is “exactly what the CIA has been looking for”. Bereft after his fiancee is killed by a group of jihadis during a beach holiday massacre, Mitch Rapp (The Maze Runner’s Dylan O’Brien, who looks more like a school shooter than an American Assassin) grows a beard and trains himself in martial arts in the hope of tracking down and destroying the perpetrators. The CIA snaps him up, under the supervision of cold war veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton, red faced from constant shouting). “I like your agenda,” says the CIA’s deputy director (Sanaa Lathan). O’Brien’s Rapp is compact and wiry, with the floppy hair and belligerent fixedness »
- Simran Hans
Moviegoers are having very negative reactions to Jennifer Lawrence's latest movie, Mother!, according to CinemaScore, which currently has the movie at an F rating. The Darren Aronofsky directed movie has been getting trashed by audiences, but praised by critics, leading to a huge divide between audience and critic with the polarized reviews. Could it be that moviegoers are beginning a backlash against Jennifer Lawrence?
Jennifer Lawrence is an acclaimed, Academy Award winning actress who was once the highest paid actress in the world two years ago. The 27-year old actress can pretty much do whatever she wants, but it's beginning to look like her fans do not want to see her in horror movies. 2012's House at the End of the Street was panned by critics and is seen as a commercial failure when compared to Lawrence's other work, which still earned a lot of money and was in »
From the very beginning, it appeared as though It was poised to be a big success and one of the biggest horror movies of 2017. The Stephen King adaptation has lived up to that and then some. The movie has simply obliterated expectations this week, as evidenced by the fact that it has broken a record at the box office every single day since its release.
As reported by The Wrap, New Line Cinema's It started breaking records during Thursday night previews last week and has kept the streak going as the horror flick is headed into its second weekend. The record-breaking commenced when It brought in $13.5 million in Thursday night previews, which bested the previous record held by Deadpool for an R-rated movie. That was just the beginning though, as the records continued to get more impressive as the week rolled on.
Prior to It, the previous record for »
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