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Stephen King's IT set to return to top of US box office ahead of Kingsman 2


Story by Jack Foley

HORROR phenomenon IT looks set to return to the top of the US box office in its fourth weekend, ahead of Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Tom Cruise’s American Made.

The official order will be confirmed on Monday but, as things stand, IT appears to have taken $17.3 million compared to $17 million for both of the other new releases.

The complication comes because some rival studios show IT and Kingsman tying with $17 million each, and Universal’s American Made coming in slightly behind.

Whatever the outcome, IT‘s resurgence confirms it as the most successful horror movie of all time, beating even The Exorcist when not allowing for inflation. Its US haul now stands at a whopping $291 million, while overseas it took another $35.6 million to bring its global tally to $533.2 million.

The second weekend figure for Kingsman was decent, if perhaps not quite as high as expected given the American component of the cast. The British spy film, directed by Matthew Vaughn and starring Taron Egerton and Colin Firth, expanded its ensemble to include Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Halle Berry. The film’s US total now stands in the region of $56 million after two weekends.

American Made‘s figure marks another modest opening for Cruise, who has had a mixed record in the US. The film, which is already playing in UK cinemas, sees him playing Barry Seal, the real-life TWA pilot who smuggled cocaine for the Medellin Cartel in the 1980s before turning CIA informant.

However, Universal domestic distribution president Nick Carpou predicted a long run for the film, based on its critical acclaim. He said: “We will have a great run, and American Made over-performed tracking. Tom is something to discover in this movie. And I think it’s interesting that you have three films that are within shouting distance of each other. Once the dust settles on Monday, we’ll see how it turns out.”

Overseas, where Cruise’s star power is brighter, American Made has already earned $64.7 million for a global total of $81.7 million.

The weekend’s other big new release, the remake of Flatliners, flat-lined itself. The film only mustered $6.7 million, compared to an expected $10 million plus.

Directed by Joel Schumacher, the original Flatliners was only released in 1990 and starred Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt and Kevin Bacon as five medical students who conduct near-death experiments by stopping their hearts for short bursts of time to see if an afterlife exists. They inadvertently end up dragging back ghosts from their past.

Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton and Kiersey Clemons star in the remake, which was helmed by Niels Arden Oplev.

Elsewhere, awards contender Battle of the Sexes, a real-life tennis drama starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, went nationwide and served up sixth spot for Fox Searchlight with an estimated $3.5 million.

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