Warner Bros. Pictures’ “IT Chapter 2” opened nationwide this weekend. The horror-thriller is the second chapter in Andy Muschietti’s record-breaking adaptation of “IT” by Stephen King, which was the highest-grossing horror film of all-time. The movie opened unopposed this weekend, but it will have to battle several major releases throughout the month.
“IT Chapter Two” didn’t beat the original’s $123M opening weekend from 2017, but the sequel does hold the record as the second-highest opening of all time for a horror film. The movie made $91M domestically this weekend, across an estimated 4,570 locations. Andy Muschietti directed “IT Chapter 2,” which stars Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Oleff, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, and Bill Skarsgård.
The new release pushed “Angel has Fallen” down to second place, but the movie made another $6M. Now in its third week in theaters, the actioner sits with a $53M domestic total. Ric Roman Waugh directed “Angel Has Fallen,” which stars Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Lance Reddick, and Nick Nolte.
Universal Pictures’ adult-comedy “Good Boys” dropped to third place with a $5.3M weekend. That film released four weeks ago and has made over $66.8M domestically. Gene Stupnitsky directed “Good Boys,” which stars Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, and Brady Noon. Disney’s “The Lion King” dropped one spot to land in fourth place with a $4.1M weekend. The live-action adaptation has been in theaters for eight weeks, and has a $529.1M domestic total. Fifth place went to “Overcomer,” which made another $3.7M over the weekend. The drama released in theaters three weeks ago and has made $24.7M domestically. Alex Kendrick directed “Overcomer,” which stars Kendrick, Shari Rigby, and Priscilla C. Shirer.
As we mentioned earlier, “IT Chapter 2” has to battle several major releases over the next few weeks. Warner Bros. Pictures’ “The Goldfinch” adaptation hits theaters next weekend, opening against the comedy “Hustlers.” The following weekend is the debut of Brad Pitt’s “Ad Astra,” “Downton Abbey,” and “Rambo Last Blood.”
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