It: Chapter 2 Crushes Box Office With Second Biggest Horror Opening Ever

Pennywise floats to the top.


Following last week's lackluster box office results, the release of the horror sequel It: Chapter 2 gave theaters a huge boost this weekend. The movie scored an estimated $91 million in its first three days, giving it the second biggest horror opening of all time, as well as the second biggest September debut. Admittedly, this is still some way behind the first movie's incredible $123 million debut, but it's still a hugely impressive result. The movie also did great business internationally, with a worldwide total of $185 million to date.

It: Chapter 2 was the only notable release of the week, and as a result, it hugely overshadowed everything else in the box office Top 10. The action sequel Angel Has Fallen dropped to second place, with an estimated $6 million take, while the comedy Good Boys also fell one place to No.3, with a $5.3 million take in its fourth week. Disney's The Lion King continues to hold to its place in Top 5, the additional $4.1 million bringing its total to a huge $1.59 billion. It's by far the most successful of Disney's live-action remakes and currently stands as the seventh biggest movie of all time.

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The only film to enter the Top 10 for the first time was The Peanut Butter Falcon, at No.7. The well-reviewed indie comedy drama was released last month, but added 60 extra screens this weekend, earning $2.2 million to bring its domestic total to $12.2 million. Elsewhere, the rest of the Top 10 consisted of movies that have stuck around over the last few weeks, such as Hobbs & Shaw (No.6), Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (No.8), Ready or Not (No.9), and Dora and the Lost City of Gold (No.10).

Top 10 Films in the US for the weekend of September 6 -September 8 (via Box Office Mojo):

  1. It: Chapter Two ($91,000,000)
  2. Angel has Fallen ($6,000,000)
  3. Good Boys ($5,390,000)
  4. The Lion King ($4,193,000)
  5. Overcomer ($3,750,000)
  6. Hobbs & Shaw ($3,720,000)
  7. The Peanut Butter Falcon ($2,276,430)
  8. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark ($2,275,000)
  9. Ready or Not ($2,229,000)
  10. Dora and the Lost City of Gold ($2,170,000)

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