Weekend Box Office

Weekend Box Office Results: It: Chapter Two Floats to No. 1 with $91 Million

Film has fourth-highest R-rated opening, pushes Angel Has Fallen to No. 2.

by | September 8, 2019 | Comments

Summer is behind us and the fall season is picking up where it left off. It: Chapter Two may not have broken the fall nor even the September record for opening weekend, but it is the best opener since The Lion King back in July, even if it missed becoming the second film ever in September or October to begin with over $100 million. The question now is: How far will the tepid response to the nearly three-hour-long horror film take it now? But It certainly helped contribute to what was the second-biggest Top 10 weekend in September ever.


King of the Crop: It: Chapter Two Has Fourth-Highest R-Rated Opening

BILL SKARSGÅRD as Pennywise in New Line Cinema’s horror thriller "IT CHAPTER TWO,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Brooke Palmer/Warner Bros. Entertainment)
(Photo by Brooke Palmer/Warner Bros. Entertainment)

The two Deadpools and the two It films now represent the four best R-rated openings of all-time. It: Chapter Two, now fourth on that list, began its run with $91 million, $30 million less than the first chapter. Just for a little perspective, the now third-best opening in September ever was last year’s The Nun and that was $53.8 million. No other film to open this month has ever achieved $200 million total, let alone the $327.48 million than the first It did back in 2017. Chapter Two is going to be No. 1 for at least another week. Then we will see if word-of-mouth drops it enough for Ad Astra or even Downton Abbey to beat it on September 20. Critics have not been as on board with the second film with the Tomatometer dropping from 85% on its first reviews to 64% now. This is Warner Bros.’ 16th $90-plus million opening and the numbers are against it reaching $300 million, but they still have every reason to be celebrating what was accomplished with these two films, as they will combined soon reach the billion-dollar mark.


The Top 10 and Beyond: Angel Has Fallen Dips to No. 2, Spider-Man Drops Out

Angel Has Fallen (Simon Varsano / © Lionsgate / courtesy Everett Collection)
(Photo by Simon Varsano / © Lionsgate / courtesy Everett Collection)

Much of the Top 10 remained the same, with only one new release this week pushing Spider-Man: Far From Home off the list (again) and seeing another title — the surprise of the late summer — return.

Angel Has Fallen could be seen as a surprise itself as folks continue to go see it, and it aims to surpass the domestic gross of London Has Fallen. Good Boys may finally pass it next week, as it was just a few hundred thousand behind. The well-received R-rated comedy remains on a path to surpass $75 million.

Other big hits on the list naturally include The Lion King, the seventh-highest-grossing film of all time is making a run for $1.6 billion in global receipts. Hobbs & Shaw has collected over $700 million worldwide for Universal, still far less than the previous two films, but more than enough to turn a profit.

But the big surprise is Roadside’s The Peanut Butter Falcon, which is becoming the indie success story of the summer. The film added another 61 theaters and $2.4 million to drive its total to $12.4 million. A24’s The Farewell officially passed Late Night to become the highest-grossing Sundance film of the summer with over $16.7 million. Falcon, which premiered at SXSW, has a real shot to become the overall fest champion of the season.


This Time Last Year: The Nun Trounced Peppermint

The Nun (Warner Bros.)
(Photo by Warner Bros.)

September opened with the Conjuring universe in a big way as The Nun started with $53.8 million, handily taking the weekend from Jennifer Garner’s vigilante actioner, Peppermint, which grossed $13.42 million for second place. It just barely beat Crazy Rich Asians in its fourth week, which drove its total to over $135 million. The $106.33 million made by the top 10 films actually amounted to the fifth best September weekend of all-time. The low Tomatometer scores of both The Nun (26%) and Peppermint (12%) still were not enough to drag down a number of 90%-plus film in the top 10 including Crazy Rich Asians, Searching, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and BlacKkKlansman, resulting in an average Tomatometer score of 67.3%. This year’s top 10 grossed an estimated $125 million and averaged 69.8%.


On the Vine: Adaptations Not Expected to Top It’s Second Weekend

A Pulitzer Prize–winning book goes up against a New York Magazine article in a battle of the adaptations next week. In the film based on the article, Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu play strippers who try to one-up their wealthy clientele in Hustlers, which some are expecting to have a very strong opening weekend — unlikely to top It: Chapter Two in its second weekend, but more than enough to best the fictional, book-based The Goldfinch about a boy who survives a terrorist incident at an art museum and steals a valuable painting in his escape. The film, from the director of Brooklyn, should perform well enough for third place.


The Full Top 10: September 6–8

  1. It Chapter Two (2019) 62% – $91 million ($91 million total)
  2. Angel Has Fallen (2019) 39% – $6 million ($53.46 million total)
  3. Good Boys (2019) 79% – $5.39 million ($66.85 million total)
  4. The Lion King (2019) 53% – $4.19 million ($529.11 million total)
  5. Overcomer (2019) 53% – $3.75 million ($24.71 million total)
  6. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) 67% – $3.72 million ($164.25 million total
  7. The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) 95% – $2.28 million ($12.28 million total)
  8. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) 79% – $2.28 million ($62.1 million total)
  9. Ready or Not (2019) 88% – $2.23 million ($25.63 million total)
  10. Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) 84% – $2.17 million ($54.16 million total)

Erik Childress can be heard each week evaluating box office on WGN Radio with Nick Digilio as well as on Business First AM with Angela Miles and his Movie Madness Podcast.

[box office figures via Box Office Mojo]


Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.

Tag Cloud

Vudu Star Wars BBC richard e. Grant TV Britbox Paramount Network children's TV harry potter serial killer 2018 Year in Review Reality Competition CNN Fox News blaxploitation Amazon Prime Video strong female leads PaleyFest anthology television Election cooking medical drama cars Mystery YouTube Premium Star Trek Logo Drama streaming Rock Heroines 71st Emmy Awards thriller X-Men Pixar SXSW latino RT History crossover toy story adaptation Oscars Premiere Dates unscripted Adult Swim CBS All Access YouTube Red WGN TCM mockumentary technology RT21 Spike Bravo GIFs TNT Nominations BET Podcast Cartoon Network discovery History Rocky MCU Hulu animated Country Acorn TV Showtime spanish language Captain marvel TCA video The Witch boxoffice NYCC sports teaser psycho Mary poppins 45 docudrama Sci-Fi game of thrones Tomatazos ratings USA DC streaming service Video Games Black Mirror Disney streaming service Countdown hist war National Geographic festivals Rocketman American Society of Cinematographers The Arrangement kids New York Comic Con Ghostbusters Action singing competition Biopics 2015 24 frames Shondaland CBS zombies cops ABC composers dramedy Women's History Month talk show Interview DirecTV crime Sony Pictures Family sitcom 2017 spain dceu movies cults Kids & Family quibi Nat Geo GLAAD VICE Super Bowl DC Universe facebook Mudbound robots FXX APB Lionsgate Musical witnail Music tv talk finale MTV based on movie Grammys book Valentine's Day Polls and Games Fantasy natural history Amazon Prime Writers Guild of America crime thriller Trivia Tarantino Mindy Kaling theme song Trailer ESPN science fiction diversity E3 TV Land Pop First Look USA Network AMC Marathons Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Creative Arts Emmys police drama award winner Photos historical drama Starz Emmy Nominations foreign 21st Century Fox WarnerMedia Comedy Central Peacock Cosplay PBS Columbia Pictures TBS series ITV Horror 2019 IFC Rom-Com Ellie Kemper Musicals vampires casting Universal Emmys SDCC Crackle Infographic south america game show crime drama ghosts Awards Animation space DGA Superheroe Spectrum Originals 2016 biography dc First Reviews Film Paramount Winter TV Film Festival Schedule Elton John CMT Shudder Food Network IFC Films LGBT TruTV social media 007 Lifetime sequel OWN Mary Poppins Returns Television Academy comic justice league 20th Century Fox Cannes Comedy psychological thriller adventure transformers Holidays dragons Amazon Opinion anime The CW true crime mutant Spring TV GoT Lucasfilm Ovation spinoff FOX period drama Teen Superheroes Nickelodeon politics Stephen King LGBTQ Best and Worst spy thriller TIFF Masterpiece romance TLC Awards Tour MSNBC cats Christmas travel SundanceTV Comic Book CW Seed E! Character Guide Summer green book Chernobyl Fall TV Dark Horse Comics hispanic disaster NBC doctor who Song of Ice and Fire supernatural Quiz Epix HBO Thanksgiving elevated horror Anna Paquin Comics on TV BBC America nature Disney Binge Guide Certified Fresh miniseries San Diego Comic-Con jamie lee curtis Box Office golden globes Sundance Now Sundance ABC Family Set visit Red Carpet Marvel VH1 aliens A&E political drama HBO Max Brie Larson Martial Arts what to watch Esquire Arrowverse Syfy revenge Calendar stand-up comedy Winners Toys Trophy Talk Tumblr Watching Series Freeform Western zombie comiccon Sneak Peek Pride Month Extras El Rey See It Skip It President Disney Channel Mary Tyler Moore Pirates FX spider-man Apple binge YA Warner Bros. Reality zero dark thirty TCA 2017 cinemax Pet Sematary DC Comics Netflix Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Walt Disney Pictures