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IT Repeats in First Place and Hustlers Opens Strong in Second

Warner Bros. Pictures sequel IT Chapter Two was able to hold on to first place at the box office for a second-straight weekend, but STXfilms‘ Hustlers over-performed with an impressive second-place finish.

At the domestic box office, IT Chapter Two added $40.7 million and has now grossed $153.8 million after two weeks. The film also brought in $47 million this weekend from 78 international markets and has reached $169.5 million overseas (the top markets are the UK with $16.5 million and Mexico with $16.1 million). That’s a worldwide total of $323.3 million already. The first earned $327.5 million in North America and $372.9 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $700.4 million.

Directed by Andy Muschietti and based on the novel by Stephen King, IT Chapter Two stars James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor, and Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise.

Hustlers debuted in the second spot with $33.2 million from 3,250 theaters, an average of $10,225 per location. The opening marks the best live-action debut ever for stars Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu and it is the best opening ever for STX Entertainment since the studio was launched less than five years ago. The film, which cost about $20 million to make, received a B- CinemaScore from audiences. The opening weekend audience was 67% female and 69% of the film’s audience was over the age of 25. Hustlers also opened in 15 international markets, where it took in an additional $4.46 million for a worldwide total to date of $37.7 million.

Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, Hustlers stars Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Mercedes Ruehl, Cardi B, Lizzo, Mette Towley, Madeline Brewer, and Trace Lysette.

Dropping a spot to third place was Lionsgate and Millennium’s Angel Has Fallen, which earned $4.4 million its fourth weekend and is up to $60.4 million domestically. Compared to the previous two films, Olympus Has Fallen earned $98.9 million in North America and $170.3 million worldwide, while London Has Fallen made $62.5 million domestic and $205.8 million globally. Directed by Ric Roman Waugh, the $40 million third installment stars Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lance Reddick, Tim Blake Nelson, Piper Perabo, Nick Nolte, and Danny Huston.

Universal Pictures comedy Good Boys added $4.3 million domestically in fourth place, for a total of $73.3 million after five weeks. Internationally, the film is up to $18.3 million and the worldwide total is at $91.6 million. Directed by Gene Stupnitsky and made for $20 million, Good Boys stars Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, Molly Gordon, Lil Rel Howery, and Will Forte.

Disney’s The Lion King has now been in the top five for nine straight weeks and earned another $3.6 million, for a total of $533.9 million in North America. The movie grossed $6.9 million overseas this weekend and has a sum of $1.083 billion internationally, for a  worldwide total of $1.617 billion. The Lion King is the No. 7 movie of all time globally and internationally. Made for $260 million and directed by Jon Favreau, The Lion King stars Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Florence Kasumba, Eric André, Keegan-Michael Key, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, and James Earl Jones.

Also, Universal’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw brought in $2.8 million in sixth place to take its domestic total to $168.3 million after seven weeks. The film continues to perform much better overseas, where it grossed another $8.1 million and has a total of $572.6 million (with $196.1 million coming from China). The worldwide total is now at $740.9 million. Made for $200 million, the David Leitch-directed film stars Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Vanessa Kirby, Idris Elba, and Helen Mirren.

In other box office news, Warner Bros.’ The Goldfinch bombed out of the gate with only $2.6 million from 2,542 theaters, good for just eighth place at the domestic box office. Internationally, the film debuted with $985,000 in 13 markets. Directed by John Crowley and made for $45 million, the adaptation of Donna Tartt’s novel stars Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Oakes Fegley, Aneurin Barnard, Finn Wolfhard, Sarah Paulson, Luke Wilson, and Jeffrey Wright. The film received a B CinemaScore.

Universal Pictures this weekend also released the Downton Abbey in 17 international markets, where the film earned $11.7 million. The top market was UK & Ireland with $6.3 million. The movie opens in North America on September 20. Michael Engler directed the movie, which stars Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Harry Hadden-Paton, Robert James-Collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol, Penelope Wilton, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, Geraldine James, Simon Jones, David Haig, Tuppence Middleton, Kate Phillips, and Stephen Campbell Moore.

Damon and Bale in the New Ford v Ferrari Trailer and Poster
Damon and Bale in the New Ford v Ferrari Trailer and Poster
New Creepy Clip from Ad Astra Featuring Brad Pitt
New Creepy Clip from Ad Astra Featuring Brad Pitt

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