'It: Chapter 2' Floats to #1 with $185 Million Global Debut
by Brad Brevet
September 8, 2019
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.
You can check out all of this weekend's estimated results right here and we'll be updating our charts with weekend actuals on Monday afternoon.
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