Box Office Wrap Up: IT’s Back.

Box Office Wrap Up: IT’s Back.

While Chapter 2 couldn’t quite catch its predecessor, IT still dominated the box office.

The box office got a jolt this weekend from the big finale of Stephen King’s IT.  The first film in the series crushed records across the board in 2017.  The first premiered with 127 million dollars, becoming the biggest September opening, biggest horror opening, and eventually the biggest horror movie of all time.  While Chapter 2 couldn’t boast those kind of numbers, it did grab some milestones of its own.

Box Office Wrap Up: IT's Back.

Don’t be so sad, Pennywise, you did just fine.

This Week in Box Office History.

Just couldn’t quite break through.

The box snapped back from a rough August finish, thanks in no small part to Andy Muschietti’s horror phenom.  The box office was up 51% from last week and 14% from last year, with a total take of 138 million dollars.  91 million of that was just from IT Chapter 2, so the difference was stark.

IT Chapter 2 didn’t surpass the its older sibling, but did notch several records.  Both films now sit as the first and second biggest films for September and the Fall season.  Chapter 2 is the third largest Stephen King adaptation, behind the Green Mile and the first IT.  It will quickly pass Tom Hank’s prison drama to make #2.  It is the 5th largest R-rated opening of all time, a category that has seen quite a bit of business of late thanks to Deadpool, Logan, and IT.

Top Film One Year Ago:  The Nun.

Meh, it’s no creepy clown…

Top Film Ten Years Ago:  The Final Destination.

Uh, folks, there’s a car…oh never mind.

Top Three Films.

IT Chapter 2 grabbed the clown’s share of the earnings this weekend.  A domestic take of 91 million dollars complimented its foreign sales of 94 million dollars.  This lines up nicely with the first chapter, which had a nice parity between home and overseas sales:  327 million dollars US to 372 million abroad.  Chapter 2 looks on track to finish in the 200’s for domestic sales, as historically most R-rated horror films double their opening weekend over their run.

Angel Has Fallen dropped to second place, taking in just shy of six million dollars.  It’s domestic take of 53 million dollars is now ten million off the pace from its predecessor, London Has Fallen.

Good Boys proved itself to have a long tail, hanging in the top three for its fourth weekend in a row.  It took in 5 million dollars in third place, for a domestic total of 66 million dollars.

Other Films.

The only other new releases this week were in limited runs.  Indian comedy Chhichhore took in half a million dollars in just under 200 theaters.  That was good enough for a 19th place opening.

I have no clue what it’s about, either.

Top Ten Films.

1.  IT Chapter 2  (91.0)

2.  Angel Has Fallen  (5.9)

3.  Good Boys  (5.4)

4.  The Lion King  (4.3)

5.  Hobbs & Shaw  (3.8)

6.  Overcomer  (3.7)

7.  Dora and the Lost City of Gold  (2.3)

8.  Ready or Not  (2.3)

9.  Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark  (2.2)

10.  Once Upon a Time in Hollywood  (2.1)

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