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Kingsman: The Golden Circle tops US box office with $39 million

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Story by Jack Foley

MATTHEW Vaughn’s star-studded spy thriller Kingsman: The Golden Circle topped the US box office with $39 million, thereby toppling horror phenomenon IT in the process.

The figure, though, fell short of expectations given that many had predicted a figure closer to or even surpassing $40 million. But it was still one of the best opening figures for the month of September.

Overseas, the second Kingsman film, which brings back Taron Egerton, Colin Firth and Mark Strong while adding the likes of Channing Tatum, Pedro Pascal, Julianne Moore and Halle Berry, kicked off with another $61 million for a global bow of $100 million.

The figures prompted Chris Aronson, Fox’s domestic distribution president, to comment: “Anytime you can open bigger than the first one [which took $36.2 million], you are in good company. And it is because of Matthew Vaughn’s creative, mad-cap genius.”

The US figure was also enough to see Kingsman knock IT off the top spot. But that film, about a killer clown terrorising a group of outsider kids, followed at No. 2 with a further $30 million.

IT‘s US haul now stands at a massive $266.3 million, which marks the top gross of all time for an R-rated horror film, not adjusting for inflation. It is also helping to fuel the biggest September in history in the US – something that was needed given the lacklustre summer.

Internationally, IT took in $38 million from 59 markets for a global haul of $478 million.

The big disappointment coming out of the weekend, however, was animated movie The Lego Ninjago Movie, which debuted to a modest $21.2 million.

Given the strength of the LEGO brand, the film was expected to have mounted a serious challenge for the top spot. But it came in third, behind Kingsman 2 and holdover horror IT.

What’s worse, the figure marks one of the lowest debuts for a studio animated film.

Ninjago is based on the toy line popular with young boys. It is, however, considered to be a smaller property than The Lego Batman Movie, which launched to $53 million earlier this year, and The Lego Movie, which opened to an even bigger $69.1 million in 2014.

The weekend’s third new release, Friend Request, also fell flat with an estimated $2 million for a seventh-place finish.

That left the remaining top five spots were occupied by American Assassin, which placed fourth with $6.2 million in its second weekend (for a US total of $26.2 million), and Reese Witherspoon’s Home Again, which placed fifth with $3.31 million.

That could yet change, however, given that Darren Aronofsky’s controversial horror-thriller mother!, which received a rare F CinemaScore, took an estimated $3.3 million for a sixth place spot, which could change once final figures are confirmed.

The critically-praised but audience panned thriller, starring Jennifer Lawrence, has now taken a meagre $13.4 million in its two weeks of release.

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