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Battle at the Box Office 9/18

By Zach

IT easily held onto the top spot at the box office for another week and moved higher into the overall Top 10 of 2017.

IT took in another $60.1, putting it over $218 million for only two weeks out and it’s currently number 8 on the Top 10 of 2017 domestically, topping Dunkirk and The Lego Batman Movie and sitting just behind The Fate of the Furious.  IT has also made over $152 million worldwide, bringing it’s grand total to over $371 million.

American Assassin took second with $14.8 million, which is decent, not great.  It’s more than the first John Wick made in it’s opening but nowhere near John Wick Chapter 2 and it also was less than the most recent Jack Ryan, Shadow Recruit, which made slightly above $15 million in 2014 and also was based on a military action hero book series.  It top similar September movies like The American, Killer Elite and A Walk Among the Tombstones.

Earning an “F” from audiences doing the Cinemascore survey, which means basically absolute rejection from mainstream audiences, mother! made only $7.5 million, the worst ever opening for Jennifer Lawrence but the second best for director Darren Aronofsky but, to be fair, his movies usually start out extremely limited before going wide.  With the toxic word of mouth from regular movie goers, predictions are at least a 60% drop off, maybe steeper for mother! next week, especially since huge movies like Lego Ninjago and Kingsmen are out.

Home Again and The Hitman’s Bodyguard rounded out the top 5, with the latter topping $70.3 million.

Down at the bottom of the top 10, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Dunkirk are still hanging in there at ninth and tenth place respectively and are still playing in around 1,400 theaters each.

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