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“It: Chapter 2” Dominates As Fall Season Kicks Off

After a relatively slow summer, the box office looked to kick things off with a bang as Warner Bros. offered the first of several potential big budget blockbusters for late 2019 with “It: Chapter 2”. With no other major competition it’s hard to hide the fact that the follow up dominated the weekend despite lower critical and fan scores than its predecessor from 2017. So how well did the sequel do and where did the rest of the field land on the first weekend of fall 2019? Let’s find out in this week’s Box Office breakdown.

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With a $185 million global box office opening “It: Chapter 2” cemented the duology as the first and second largest openings for rated-R horror movies in history. The first film totaled nearly $190 million globally two years ago after one weekend, but the second “It” movie didn’t carry enough steam to usurp its predecessor. “Chapter 2” earned a solid $91 million domestically, far below the $123 million domestic debut of the first feature but their respective debuts also earned them the largest debut weekends ever for the month of September. “Chapter 2” earned another $94 million oversea becoming the largest horror opening in numerous markets along the way. With Halloween right around the corner and no major horror competition on the way until “Doctor Sleep”, “Chapter 2” should continue to clean up over the next month or so. You can read my review of “It: Chapter 2” by clicking here.

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As for the rest of the box office top ten, positions two through nine made roughly $32 million combined and were composed of all holdovers. The two-week champion “Angel Has Fallen” fell to second with a $6 million third weekend followed by “Good Boys”, “The Lion King” and “Overcomer” to round out the top five. “Hobbs & Shaw” fell out of the top five to fourth while “The Peanut Butter Falcon” benefited from its expanded release and a short supply of alternate options to move into the top ten for the first time, landing in seventh. “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”, “Ready or Not” and “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” rounded out the top ten. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, “Angry Birds 2” and “Spider-Man: Far from Home” were ousted from the top ten positions.

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“It: Chapter 2” has a promising chance to repeat this coming weekend although it will have to contend with two new features to claim another win. “The Goldfinch”, based on the celebrated Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Donna Tartt, will debut in wide release along with the female-driven comedy crime drama “Hustlers”. We will see who earns the most bragging rights this time next week.

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