Even in the face of some new competition, it was still a great weekend for Pennywise the Dancing Clown as IT stayed firmly in the top spot with an impressive $60.1 million second weekend, after smashing daily records for September during its first full week of release. In just ten days, the film — which almost didn’t get made — has earned $218 million making it the largest September release ever (although adjusting past releases for inflation, the film is still Top Ten material), just a few million shy of becoming the largest R-rated horror film of all time.
IT also opened in more international markets, grossing $61 million and giving it a cumulative international gross of $153.5 million. Added to the domestic total, IT has earned $372.3 million worldwide.
Completely overshadowed by the clown, action thriller American Assassin had a decent debut with $14.8 million, good for second place and just slightly ahead of industry expectations. The film also opened in 41 foreign markets where it grossed $6.2 million, giving the $33 million flick a global total of $21 million.
While it opened in third place, Darren Aronofsky’s mother! failed to live up to the Paramount hype machine, earning a disappointing $7.5 million and getting a dreaded F score from CinemaScore moviegoers, one of only 19 films to get that ranking. This also marks the worst debut ever for a Jennifer Lawrence film.
Of the rest of the Top Ten, Spider-Man: Homecoming saw the smallest dip from last week, down just 7%, but still slipping two spots to Number 9 with $1.8 million. Its global total is now at $861.2 million. In its second week, Home Again dropped 39.5%, down two spots to Number 4 with $5.1 million. Annabelle: Creation dropped 40%, down to Number 7 with $2.4 million. Domestically, the film is less than $300,000 from crossing the $100 million mark.
The weekend of September 22 will see some major new releases that could impact IT including horror flick Friend Request, the family friendly LEGO Ninjago Movie, and the eagerly anticipated Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
Below are the Top Ten grosses for the weekend of September 15.
2. [N] –1– American Assassin – $14,846,778 [NEW]
8.  –4– Leap! – $2,163,778 [$18,705,564]