Though Pennywise has earned a pretty penny at the domestic pack office, on Thursday night becoming the highest-grossing horror film of all time (unadjusted for inflation), a slew of strong beginners are set to storm the box office block, ready to burst his little red balloon as the Warner Bros./New Brand title gets into its third week in large release.
Between Kingsman: The Golden Group, The LEGO Ninjago Movie, and It, who’ll come out on top? Have a look at EW’s Sept. 22-24 weekend pack office predictions below.
1 – Kingsman: The Golden Circle – $38 million
Having bagged a good $3.4 million from Thursday evening previews, the Kingsman sequel’s new solid (Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum sign up for the fun for the second go-round) have likely infused the series with a jolt of fresh energy. While critics haven’t responded (it stands at a 49 percent on Rotten Tomatoes with the average score of 5.3/10), audiences don’t appear to care; the film’s midweek haul tops the likewise targeted John Wick: Section 2’s $2.2 million Thursday take, which film went on to gross just over $30 million over its premiere weekend.
2 – The LEGO Ninjago Movie – $38 million
Warner Bros. Animation isn’t correcting what isn’t cracked, as both of its prior brick-centric endeavors — 2015’s The LEGO Movie ($257.8 million) and February’s The LEGO Batman Movie ($175.8 million) — acquired respectable amounts recently. While kids are back in school after a three-month summer break, The LEGO Ninjago Movie shouldn’t have problems with franchise fatigue, despite having middling reviews a mere seven months out from the series’ last installment, as family followers haven’t flocked to a significant new release since The Emoji Movie uploaded a good $24.5 million back in July (the grosses with the Nut Job 2 and Step! are better remaining in the animated abyss).
3 – It – $30 million
Sitting very as the record-holder for the best September opening of all time, It has already steamrolled prospects after just 14 days in theaters. One of the most prominent genre title in extensive release, They have yet to fully deflate even while competitors rise around it; the film will float its way in to the top three for a third consecutive frame, with Kingsman likely stealing a little portion of its audience.
4 – American Assassin – $6 million
When confronted with the decision between Kingsman and a ho-hum action-thriller in its second week of release, viewers will choose the shiny, new one with Tatum at the helm. Expect American Assassin to have a steep dive through Sunday.
5 – Home Again – $3 million
The Reese Witherspoon affectionate comedy placed on better than expected over its second three-day stretch out the other day, dipping a slight 39 percent and really should hold on similarly as effective counter-programming to Kingsman, It, and The LEGO Ninjago Movie.
Outside the top five, Emma Rock and Steve Carell’s likely Best Picture contender Battle of the Sexes enters limited release in around 21 theaters, where it’ll easily offer a solid per-screen average.
Also in the Oscar hunt are Jake Gyllenhaal and Judi Dench, with the former’s Boston Marathon bombing crisis Stronger and the latter’s historical costume part Victoria and Abdul coming into the marketplace, where they’ll entice sizable crowds of adult audiences at 574 and four locations respectively.
Coming off one of the primary box office strikes of her profession with the crowd-pleasing hit Hidden Numbers, this weekend Kirsten Dunst mind to the polar other end of the cinematic spectrum with Woodshock, a two-hour visual poem (with a trippy narrative style to complement) from Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy, who make their directorial debut. The film will probably attract art-minded hipsters only.
Finally, Ben Stiller teams with acclaimed writer-director Mike White for the father-son episode Brad’s Status, which strikes 453 theaters for the three-day structure ahead.