‘It’ Continues It’s Dominance As ‘American Assassin’ Opens Well

with the weekend estimates in, stephen king’s it stood at the no.1 spot for the second weekend in a row taking a strong $60m dropping just 51.4% as it’s domestic cume stands at $218m in just ten days of release. behind it is michael keaton’s new cold war drama american assassin which performed better than expected taking an estimated $14.8M, similar to john wick. darron aronofsky’s new film starring jennifer lawrence and javier bardem fell behind expectations taking in an estimated $7.5m. the film was received with mixed reviews, some saying it’s aronosky’s best film since black swan (2010), and the others saying it’s filth. in other news the hitman’s bodyguard, annabelle: creation and wind river held well as they all hit landmarks of their own.
in first place for the second week running is the horror ‘it’, starring bill skarsgard as pennywise. the film surprised everyone by a mile opening to $123m, breaking dozens of records at the time. this weekend the film held well for a release of that size dropping only 51.4% taking in an estimated $60m. this a huge result, the film standing at $218m in north america alone. the film is on for a $300m domestic cume and with that result (adjusted for inflation) it will become the third highest grossing r-rated film of all time in north america. and this is north america. currently worldwide it stands at $378m and if it continues at this rate my calculations will put it at around $650m worldwide. for a horror film! keep an eye out next weekend against two new wide releases where one should take the no.1 spot.
behind it is the first of the two new releases, american assassin. the film starring michael keaton and dylan o’brien took a reasonable $14.8m, similar to john wick. that film went onto $43m in north america and $88m worldwide. i think american assassin will be a similar story, a mild success.
rounding out the top three is darron aronofsky’s new film starring jennifer lawrence and javier bardem,mother!, which opened to a rather disappointing $7.5m. the film was expected to hit double digits attempting to take some of the pie from ‘it’ but was just not able to. worldwide the film opened to just under $14m and with a production budget of $30m, that’s where mother! will be saved.
reese witherspoon’s romantic-comedy held better than expected only dropping 38% to take $5.3m in it’s second weekend pushing it’s domestic cume up to $17.1m and with a production budget of just $12m, the film will be a small success for open road films. rounding out the top five is summer’s hit (get the pun?!) the hitman’s bodyguard which held very well taking $3.6m and just dropping 21%. the film is over $100m worldwide and is another success for lionsgate. annabelle: creation came with 100k of reaching the $100m mark in the north american market dropping 35% taking $2.6m. worldwide the film stands at $291m and should be able to push past the $300m mark worldwide, just.
in other news taylor sheridan’s wind river held much better than expected in it’s seventh week dropping just 18% to take $2.6m pulling it’s domestic cume just short of $30m. the film’s main market was in north america as you can tell since the international total just stands at a mere $6m and a solid $35m worldwide against a $11m budget. christopher nolan’s tenth feature film dunkirk passed $185m this weekend in the north american market and stands at an impressive $509m worldwide. american made continues it’s international wonders before hitting the american theatres. it currently stands at $49m worldwide and the cruise film looks like it’s not going to stop there.
in the SPECIALTY box office news brad’s status starring ben stiller opened in four theatres taking $100k and a healthy $25k pta. finally in the international news fox rolled out alien: covenant into their final market: japan. the film currently stands at $236m worldwide and is the second highest grossing film in the alien franchise. war of the planet of the apes opened in china to a healthy $62m to take ity’s worldwide cume up to $432m. the film may be behind it’s predecessor by a long way but in my eyes, china just saved fox’s bacon.
next week should be an interesting one with kingsman: the golden circle, ninjago and it fighting for the no.1 spot. see you then.

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