A record breaking September ends with the top three films of the weekend in a virtual dead heat with about $160,000 separating them. Thanks to the record breaking IT, this September has grossed $695 million, with 40% of that coming from the smash horror movie. After a dreadful August, the September record is behind 2016 at this time by just 4.6%.
Holding on to the top spot for a second week, Kingsman: The Golden Circle dropped nearly 57% and earned $16.93 million, bringing its domestic total to $66.6 million which puts it behind the original film’s pacing at this point. Overseas the film continues to perform well, bringing in an additional $50 million for a $126.3 million gross. Worldwide the film has earned almost $193 million.
Second place for the second week went to IT, dropping 43% and earning $16.9 million, bringing its domestic total to $290.7 million. Overseas the film is still breaking records, with the highest opening for a horror film in Germany with $11.6 million. The film’s overseas tally is now at $264 million giving IT a global gross of $555.5 million … against a $35 million budget.
Third place went to the Tom Cruise true-life action flick American Made, which put a little more of a tarnish on his star. At $16.7 million, it performed about $2 million better than Jack Reacher, but it comes on the heels of Cruise’s summer “flop” The Mummy, which opened with $31.6 million and went on to gross just $80 million domestically. It’s unlikely that American Made will get much higher than $55 million, and with a $50 million Universal is going to be counting on foreign grosses to earn back its money. American Made has been playing in foreign markets since the end of August, racking up $64.8 million, giving the film a global gross of $81.6 million.
Two other newcomers took a bow in the Top Ten this week with the Flatliners remake barely showing life at Number 5 with $6.5 million, falling a bit short of Sony’s hoped for $7-8 million, and $3 million less than the 1990 original. The film also opened in 21 foreign markets, scaring up $3.1 million. In ninth place, ‘Til Death Do Us Part brought in $1.5 million on 5662 screens with a per screen average $200 higher than Flatliners.
The big winners of the weekend were Battle of the Sexes and Victoria and Abdul. Battle of the Sexes added 1,192 screens (1,213) and saw a 563% increase from the previous week, earning $3.4 million which moved it up ten spot to Number 6 in its second week. Victoria and Abdul added 73 screens (77) giving it a 588% boost, moving from Number 26 to Number 11 with $1 million and the highest per screen average, $14,184, of the top 25 films. By comparison, Kingsman was at $4,194, IT was at $4,315 and American Made was at $5,548. Victoria and Abdul will expand to about 750 screens next weekend.
Speaking of next weekend, the Number 1 spot will likely have a new occupant as the highly anticipated and already well-reviewed Blade Runner 2049 opens on more than 3,900 screens. The October 6 weekend will also see the wide releases of The Mountain Between Us and My Little Pony: The Movie, both almost certain to make a splash in the Top Ten.
Below are the Top Ten grosses for the weekend of September 29.
3. [N] –1– American Made – $16,776,390 [NEW]
5. [N] –1– Flatliners – $6,574,326 [NEW]
7.  –3– American Assassin – $3,315,644 [$31,864,225]
9. [N] –1– ‘Til Death Do Us Part – $1,521,803 [NEW]
[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters. – # – Weeks in theaters. ★ HOTCHKA review | Source: Box Office Mojo