This weekend the box-office offered a small respite from thrillers and horror films, but it won’t last very long. The highly anticipated sequel “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” opened against “The LEGO Ninjago Movie” this week, offering teens and families two great options if they wanted to hit the theaters. The film “Friend Request” also debuted, giving thriller fans yet another scare-fest as we head towards Halloween.
As expected, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” was the number-one movie of the weekend, bringing in $39M across 4,003 locations. “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” was directed by Matthew Vaughn, working from a script that he co-wrote with Jane Goldman. The film stars Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Pedro Pascal and Mark Strong.
The original “Kingsman” opened at number-two at the box-office in 2015, the film failed to top “Fifty Shades of Grey” at the time, and earn an impressive $36M for the studio. The first installment made over $128M domestically, before grossing over $414M worldwide.
The big “Kingsman 2” debut was enough to dethrone “IT,” which dropped to second-place overall with a $30M weekend across 4,007 locations. “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. This brings “IT’s” three-week total to $266M domestically.
“The LEGO Ninjago Movie” landed in a distant third-place with a $21.2M weekend, the animated-comedy opened across 4,047 locations nationwide. “The LEGO Ninjago Movie” was directed by Charlie Bean and Paul Fisher, and features the voice-talents of Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Fred Armisen, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Abbi Jacobson, Justin Theroux, Ali Wong, Olivia Munn, and Constance Wu.
“American Assassin” also dropped this week, only bringing in $6M across 3,154 locations. “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.
Reese Witherspoon’s “Home Again” is expected to take fifth-place this weekend, bumping “mother!” off the top-five completely. The feel good comedy grossed over $3M this weekend, bumping the film’s three-week total to just over $22M domestically. “Home Again” was written and directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer, the film stars Nat Wolff, Reese Witherspoon, and Lake Bell.
“Friend Request” seems like an instant bust, only grossing $2.4M despite opening across 2,573 locations. “Friend Request” was directed by Simon Verhoeven, the script was written by Matthew Ballen and Philip Koch. The thriller stars Alycia Debnam-Carey, William Moseley, and Connor Paolo.
Not making the top-five but worth mentioning at the limited box-office were “Stronger” and “Battle of the Sexes”. “Stronger” made an impressive $1.7M at 574 locations, while “Battle of the Sexes” grossed $525K injust 21 locations. “Stronger” was directed by David Gordon Green, and features Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, and Miranda Richardson. “Battle of the Sexes” was directed by Jonathan Dayto and Valerie Faris, the film stars Emma Stone, Steve Carell, and Andrea Riseborough.
If you rather skip the cinema all together, the big Blu-Ray releases this week were “Wonder Woman” ($24 on Amazon); “The Bad Batch” ($20 on Amazon); the 40th anniversary edition of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” ($20 on Amazon); and “Firefly: The Complete Edition” ($20 on Amazon).
Next week is sort of a grab-bag of content, with Tom Cruises’ “American Made” opening in theaters against Sony’s “Flatliners” reboot, and the Taye Diggs thriller “Til Death Do Us Part”.