‘It: Chapter 2’ Floats with $185 Million Debut at the Worldwide BO!!!

Warner Bros. and New Line‘s It: Chapter Two kicked off the fall box office season with a strong, $91 million debut. The performance easily topped the weekend box office, finishing ahead of the second place film by $85 million. While the performance trails the first film’s $123 million opening back in 2017, it is still within studio expectations and ranks as the second largest horror opening of all-time while 2017’s It remains to be the only horror film to ever open with more than $100 million.

It: Chapter Two and its predecessor now rank as the first and second largest openings for both a horror film as well as the first and second largest September openings of all-time. Interestingly enough, one reason Chapter Two may have fallen short of its predecessor would appear to be the film’s inability to attract a female audience similar to the first film and most horror films nowadays, which tend to be majority female, even if by a small margin. Chapter Two drew an audience that was 47% female compared to the first film’s 51%. In terms of age, the sequel’s audience leaned slightly older than the first film with 67% of the opening weekend crowd aged 25 or older compared to 65% for the first film.

The film did receive a “B+” CinemaScore, which is the same as the original film, though IMDb user ratings tell a different story. Chapter Two is currently rated 7.2/10, a full point below the first film’s 8.2 rating as of the Sunday following release.

Internationally, the film opened in 75 markets and delivered $94 million, debuting with the largest horror openings ever in 16 markets including Russia, Netherlands, Norway, Finland and Argentina. The top market was Mexico with an estimated $10.2 million followed by the UK ($9.4m), Russia ($8.8m), Germany ($7.1m), Italy ($5.5m), Brazil ($4.6m), Australia ($4.4m), Spain ($3.2m), Korea ($3.2m), Indonesia ($2.7m) and Argentina ($1.4m). The film will open in France this Wednesday followed by a November 1 opening in Japan. Overall the film delivered a $185 million global opening.

In second, Lionsgate and Millennium‘s Angel Has Fallen delivered an estimated $6 million, pushing the film’s domestic cume over $53 million as it enters its third week in release.

Universal‘s Good Boys finished in third with an estimated $5.4 million, dipping -43% as the film’s domestic cume now stands at $66.8 million. Internationally, the R-rated comedy added $2.3 million from 28 markets for an overseas total that now stands at $15.6 million and a global cume topping $82 million.

Disney‘s The Lion King lands in the top five for the eighth straight weekend, bringing in an estimated $4.2 million for a $529.1 million domestic cume. The film also added $13.4 million internationally this weekend for an overseas cume totaling $1.07 billion and a global cume just shy of $1.6 billion as the film now ranks seventh all-time both globally and internationally.

Rounding out the top five is Sony and AFFIRM‘s Overcomer, which added theaters for the third straight week in a row and dipped just -34% for an estimated $3.75 million and a domestic cume that now stands at $24.7 million.

Elsewhere, the best hold in the top ten belongs to Roadside‘s The Peanut Butter Falcon, which added 61 locations and dipped just -24.6% for an estimated $2.27 million three-day, as it moves up from 12th last weekend to seventh position this weekend. The film’s domestic cume now stands at $12.2 million as it enters its fifth week in release

In limited release, Fox International‘s Chhichhore opened with an estimated $575,000 from 195 locations ($2,949 PTA); Greenwich Entertainment and 1091‘s documentary Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice opened in seven locations in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco with an estimated $115,500 ($16,500 PTA); Oscilloscope‘s Ms. Purple brought in an estimated $18,650 from the Landmark NuArt in Los Angeles; and Music Box‘s Edie opened in seven theaters with an estimated $8,467 ($1,210 PTA)

Next weekend will see Warner Bros. release The Goldfinch into 2,500+ locations while STX will deliver Hustlers into 3,100 theaters.

via Box Office Mojo

Title Weekend Gross Weeks
It Chapter Two It Chapter Two $91.0M $91.0M 1
Angel Has Fallen Angel Has Fallen $6.0M $53.5M 3
Good Boys Good Boys $5.4M $66.8M 4
The Lion King The Lion King $4.2M $529.1M 8
Overcomer Overcomer $3.8M $24.7M 3
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw $3.7M $164.3M 6
The Peanut Butter Falcon The Peanut Butter Falcon $2.3M $12.3M 5
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark $2.3M $62.1M 5
Ready or Not Ready or Not $2.2M $25.6M 3
Dora and the Lost City of Gold Dora and the Lost City of Gold $2.2M $54.2M 5
Reported by Box Office Mojo © 2019

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