Kingsman: The Golden Circle tops global box office with $100.2 million
After a two-week reign by IT, 20th Century Fox‘s Kingsman: The Golden Circle took over the domestic box office with an estimated $39 million from 4,003 theaters, an average of $9,743 per location. That’s an uptick from the Kingsman: The Secret Service opening of $36.2 million in February of 2015. That film went on to gross $128.3 million domestically and $286 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $414.3 million.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle grossed $61.2 million from 11,623 international screens this weekend, which is 63% higher than The Secret Service in the same group of markets and means The Golden Circle had a global weekend of $100.2 million. The UK topped all international markets with $11.1 million and was followed by Russia with $6 million, Taiwan with $4.8 million, Australia with $4.4 million, Indonesia with $3.3 million and Malaysia with $2.8 million. The markets in release represent less than half of the international marketplace from a box office perspective, with upcoming markets for the sequel includincluding South Korea (9/27), France (10/11), China (10/20), and Japan (1/5).
Made for about $104 million, Kingsman: The Golden Circle received a B+ CinemaScore from audiences. Again directed by Matthew Vaughn, the sequel stars Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Sir Elton John, Channing Tatum, and Jeff Bridges.
While it dropped a spot, New Line Cinema‘s IT added another $30 million its third weekend to take its North American total to $266.3 million. Internationally, IT grossed another $38.3 million from 12,275 screens in 59 markets. The film, which cost just $35 million to make, has now grossed $211.7 million overseas and $478 million worldwide! Directed by Andrés Muschietti, IT stars Bill Skarsgård as the story’s central villain, Pennywise the clown, as well as Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer and Nicholas Hamilton. A sequel to IT is already in the works with Gary Dauberman writing the script.
Opening in third place was Warner Bros. Pictures’ The LEGO Ninjago Movie with $21.2 million from 4,047 theaters, an average of $5,250. That’s quite a drop from the previous two LEGO movies. The LEGO Movie grossed $69 million its first weekend in February of 2014, while The LEGO Batman Movie earned $53 million its first weekend in February of 2017. The LEGO Ninjago Movie also debuted in 37 international markets this weekend, grossing an estimated $10.5 million on 6,650 screens. That puts its global take for the first weekend at $31.7 million. The LEGO Ninjago Movie received a B+ CinemaScore and features the voices of Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Pena, Zach Woods, and Jackie Chan.
American Assassin (CBS Films, Lionsgate) dropped two spots to fourth place, grossing $6.25 million and bringing its two-week domestic total to $26.2 million. Made for $33 million, the action thriller was directed by Michael Cuesta and stars Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Taylor Kitsch, Sanaa Lathan, and Shiva Negar.
Open Road Films’ romantic comedy Home Again, starring Reese Witherspoon, rounded out the top five with $3.3 million for a three-week total of $22.3 million. Written and directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer, Home Again cost just $12 million to make.
In sixth place, Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller mother! (Paramount Pictures) made $3.2 million its second weekend for a total of $13.4 million. The film grossed $4.6 million from 29 international markets this weekend, for an overseas total of $12.5 million. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer, the film was made for $30 million.
Also opening were: Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures’ horror film Friend Request, which earned $2.4 million from 2,573 theaters and received a C+ CinemaScore; Lionsgate/Roadside’s Stronger, which collected $1.7 million from 574 theaters; Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Battle of the Sexes, which debuted with $525,000 from 21 theaters; and Focus Features’ Victoria & Abdul, which grossed $152,000 from four theaters.