Box Office: ‘Kingsman 2’s’ Fun, Beat ‘It’s Horror with $39-M
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Kingsman: The Golden Circle topped in NA at the weekend, grossing $39-M from 4,003 theaters, the sequel scored 1 of the best openings for September, as well as came in ahead of the first Kingsman: The Secret Service ($36.2-M).
The big letdown was Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) animated family offering The Lego Ninjago Movie, which launched to a meek $21.2-M from 4,047 locations domestically.
Overseas, Kingsman 2 kicked off with $61-M led by the U.K. with $11.1-M for a global box office of $100-M.
From 20th Century Fox (NASDAQ:FOX) and Vaughn’s Marv Films, Kingsman 2, the movie was not as well received by critics as Secret Service, though both films received the same grade from audiences (a B+ CinemaScore). Males made up the majority of ticket buyers (58%).
New Line Cinema and Warner Bros.’ It followed at # 2. The movie’s domestic take through Sunday stands at $266.3-M, the top gross of all time for an R-rated horror film, and is fueling the biggest September in box office history. Internationally, It took in $38-M from 59 markets for global take of $478-M.
Ninjago, came 3rd, marks one of the lowest debuts for a studio animated film. Ninjago had been expected to approach or top $30-M in its launch.
The weekend’s third new nationwide player, Friend Request, came DOA with an estimated $2-M from 2,569 theaters for a 7th-place finish.
Darren Aronofsky and Paramount’s, a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) controversial film mother!, which received a rare F CinemaScore, fell 57% in its 2nd outing to $3.3-M for just $13.4-M.
Open Road’s Home Again, starring Reese Witherspoon, for 5th place.
Awards season beganat the specialty box office.
Battle of the Sexes and Victoria and Abdul saw solid grosses, while Boston Marathon bombing drama Stronger launched lame. All 3 films played at 1 or more of the recent fall film festivals.
The Weinstein Co.’s Wind River has become 1 of the most successful specialty releases of the year, with a total $31.7-M to date.
Stronger earned an A- CinemaScore, and Battle of the Sexes received an A.
Have some fun, see a movie this week.