Box Office: ‘It’ ties (?)with ‘American Made,’ ‘Kingsman’ at $17.3-M

Box Office: ‘It’ ties (?)with ‘American Made,’ ‘Kingsman’ at $17.3-M

Box Office: ‘It’ ties (?) with ‘American Made,’ ‘Kingsman’ at $17.3-M


According to the estimates Sunday, horror blockbuster It narrowly beat Kingsman: The Golden Circle and American Made starring Tom Cruise, with $17.3-M, compared to an estimated $17-M for the other 2 films.

The official order will not be known until Monday morning when final weekend takes are tallied.

Some rival studios show New Line Cinema and Warner Bros.’ It and Fox’s Kingsman tying with $17-M each, and Universal’s American Made coming in slightly behind.

It was a super 4th frame for  It, ending Sunday with a domestic take of $291-M. Overseas, it took in $35.6 and $533.2-M globally. The film is responsible for driving record September revenue after a soft August.

Kingsman sequel beat It overseas with $50-M from 77 markets for a 12-day worldwide take of $192.7-M, including $66.7-M from North America.

American Made marks a modest opening for Cruise, who has had a mixed record at the domestic box office. Universal, a unit of Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) which is handling American Made, is counting on the movie having a long run, thanks to strong reviews, film goers gave  it a B+ CinemaScore. Overseas, where Cruise’s star power is brighter, American Made has already earned $64.7-M for a global box office take of $81.7-M.

American Made cost a reported $50 million to make after tax rebates and incentives. Cross Creek Pictures financed and produced both American Made and the new Flatliners remake, which cost $19-M to make.

Sony’s (NYSE:SNE), Flatliners  opened soft with an estimated $6.7-M, compared to an expected $10 million-plus opening. The pic earned a B- CinemaScore from audiences.

The Christian pic A Question of Faith, also opened DOA with $1-M from 661 theaters.

Fox Searchlight’s (NASDAQ:FOX) awards contender Battle of the Sexes, rolled out nationwide after launching in 21 cinemas last weekend. The film came in # 6 with an estimated $3.5-M from 1,213 theaters for an early total of $4.1-M at the box office.

Focus Features’ Victoria and Abdul, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Judi Dench, expanded into a total of 77 theaters, taking in $1-M for a screen average of $13,393 and a take of $1.2-M.

The animated biopic Loving Vincent expanded into a total of four cinemas, grossing $52,886 for a screen average of $13,222.

New openings at the specialty box office

Watergate drama Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House, which logged a screen average of $7,028 after earning $35,138 from five theaters.

Lucky, starring the late Harry Dean Stanton, launched in 5 theaters, earning $46,000 for a screen average of $9,200.

And IFC’s documentary Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton debuted at the Nuart in Los Angles, grossing $13,819.

Have some fun see a movie this week.


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