Few could have predicted the wild success that “IT” has seen over the last two-weeks, but even if Pennywise wasn’t terrorizing the box-office, it probably wouldn’t have saved “mother!”. This week Jennifer Lawrence’s thriller opened against the actioner “American Assassin,” and while both films had to battle the new Stephen King adaptation, next weekend will be even more challenging.
With this weekend’s $60M gross, “IT” has become the highest-grossing film for the month of September. The Warner Bros. Pictures’ hit remained in 4,148 locations this weekend, and has now grossed over $218M domestically. “It” was directed by Andy Muschietti, working from a screenplay written by Chase Palmer and Cary Fukunaga. The film is based on the original story written by Stephen King, and stars Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, and Finn Wolfhard.
The best debut this weekend went to “American Assassin” from Lionsgate, the actioner brought in $14.8M across 3,154 locations to take second-place on the domestic charts. “American Assassin” was directed by Michael Cuesta, working from a screenplay written by Stephen Schiff and Michael Finch. The film stars Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, and Sanaa Lathan.
Despite only earning an estimated $7.5M across 2,368 locations, Paramount Pictures’ “mother!” did debut at number-three on the charts. Though you might notice it’s a very distant third-place. “Mother!” was written and directed by Darren Aronofsky, and the film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Ed Harris. While the reviews for “mother!” haven’t been as bad as Lawrence’s sci-fi epic “Passengers” (which stands at 30% on Rotten Tomatoes) they are mixed at best. “Mother!” is currently sitting at just 68% on the site, and with all of the highly-anticipated releases scheduled to hit theaters over the next two-weeks, it’s unlikely that the film will recover from its mediocre debut.
The two new releases dropped “Home Again” to fourth-place overall, the feel-good comedy grossed another $5.3M this weekend and remained in 3,036 locations. In two-weeks the film has now made over $17M for the studio. “Home Again” was written and directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer, the film stars Nat Wolff, Reese Witherspoon, and Lake Bell.
Rounding-out the Top Five this weekend was “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” also from Lionsgate, which earned $3.5M across 3,272 locations. The action-comedy has been in theaters for five-weeks now, and has grossed over $70M domestically. “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” was directed by Patrick Hughes and written by Tom O’Connor. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, and Gary Oldman.
There will be something for everyone next weekend. The big releases are “Kingsman 2” with Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Julianne Moore, and Channing Tatum, as well as “The LEGO Ninjago Movie” for the little ones. The new LEGO movie features the voice-talents of Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Fred Armisen, and Abbi Jacobson. Horror-thriller fans looking to continue their Halloween spookathon can see “Friend Request” with Alycia Debnam-Carey, William Moseley, and Connor Paolo.
If you’re skipping the box-office this weekend, the big home-video release is “Wonder Woman,” which you can stream on sites like Amazon, or you can grab the Blu-Ray this week ($24 on Amazon).