Weekend Actuals: ‘Kingsman’ Bests ‘It’ w/ $16.9M On Closest Weekend Since August 2000

Monday Update: In the closest box office weekend in years, Kingsman: The Golden Circle barely edged out It to claim the crown for the second straight frame, with $16.93 million versus $16.90 million.

The top two films this weekend had a mere $33,123 between them, the closest since August 2000 when only $31,684 separated Hollow Man and Space Cowboys.

Adjusted for inflation, the record goes back even further: by that metric, it was the closest weekend since March 1993 when only about $12,800 in today’s dollars separated CB4 and Fire in the Sky.

The 0.20 percent difference between the ultimate and penultimate finisher at this weekend’s box office is the 4th-closest of all time.

The last time it was this close was in February 2011, with an 0.15 percent difference between Unknown and Gnomeo and Juliet. But the next-closest before that was all the way back in July 1994, with an 0.10 percent difference between Forrest Gump and The Lion King.

In a rare reversal, the top two films this weekend actually switched places between Sunday studio estimates and Monday actuals, as It was originally projected the winner yesterday by a margin of about $300 thousand.

Both films ultimately came in below their Sunday estimates, but It by much more so, causing the two films’ rankings to flip when all was said and done.

The full table of weekend actuals is at bottom, after our Sunday update featuring fuller numbers and analysis. (Although, to reiterate, the Sunday update references It as the #1 movie due to an overly generous studio estimate on Warner Bros.’ part.)


Sunday Update: In one of the closest races for the top spot in recent years, ItAmerican Made, and Kingsman: The Golden Circle are all jockeying for first place with approximately $17 million.

It currently has a slight lead with an estimated $17.3 million, versus $17.0 million for the other two titles. However, those numbers are all close enough that the exact order could switch by the time weekend actuals are released on Monday.

Interestingly, each one of those three films took a turn as the top grosser of the day. Current studio estimates are that American Made led on its opening day Friday with $6.1 million, then It led with $7.8 million on Saturday, while Kingsman is poised to lead with $4.5 million on Sunday.

This could potentially be the closest weekend since April 2016, when The Boss narrowly edged out Batman v. Superman by $223 thousand. The current estimated gap between this frame’s top two films is about $300 thousand as of this writing.

Regardless of which film ultimately ends up ahead, the top title this weekend will be rated R for an incredible 8th consecutive weekend.

 

Looking at this weekend’s top three films in turn…

Warner Bros. horror adaptation It may return to the top spot in its fourth weekend of release, after leading for its first two but then dropping to runner-up in its third frame. If it does so, it will be the first film to recapture first place after losing it since The Martian in October 2015.

With a 41 percent decline, It experiences its mildest weekend drop yet. Having earned $291.1 million to date, the film is by far the highest grossing horror film of this century and will pass a previously-unthinkable $300 million later this week.

Universal’s crime thriller American Made starring Tom Cruise was the main new offering in wide release, coming about in line with pre-release expectations.

The film opened a bit higher than some other similar titles such as Money MonsterJack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, and War Dogs. However, it did open lower than Cruise’s Jack Reacher: Never Go Back last year.

American received a “B+” CinemaScore from an audience that was 55 percent male and 56 percent older than age 30.

Fox’s action sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle led last weekend, and may potentially repeat again this frame.

The film’s 56 percent second-weekend drop is higher than the 49 percent drop that predecessor Kingsman: The Secret Service experienced. In fact, the sequel — after opening higher than the original — is now running slightly behind the original through the same point.

Sony and Columbia’s sci-fi thriller remake Flatliners flatlined with $6.7 million in fifth place.

The film was unable to gain much buzz or traction with its trailer or marketing, while moviegoers had their choice of several other films this weekend which provided more of a draw.

The audience was 51 percent female and exactly 50 percent over/under age 25.

Comparisons:

The top 10 films made $81.5 million, which is 24 percent below last weekend and 12 percent below the equivalent weekend last year, when The Magnificent Seven led with $34 million. Year to date box office is running 4.9 percent below last year.

Limited Releases:

Fox Searchlight’s sports drama Battle of the Sexes served up an ace, jumping from 16th place to 6th place with $3.4 million after a theater expansion.

Novus’ thriller Til Death Do Us Part started in 9th place with $1.5 million, despite only playing in 562 theaters.

Pure Flix’s religious A Question of Faith started with $1.0 million.

Focus Features’ historical drama Victoria and Abdul expanded to 77 theaters and made $1.0 million.

Overseas Update:

Though the domestic winner was uncertain as of Sunday afternoon, overseas it was more clear, as Kingsman: The Golden Circle earned a $50.5 million overseas weekend. That 14 percent drop brings its overseas total to $126.2 million and its global total to $192.9 million.

It also scared up some good business with a $35.6 million overseas weekend, a mere 7 percent drop. The movie has now earned $262.0 million overseas and $553.1 million globally — unheard-of numbers for a horror movie, and the film isn’t even done yet.


Monday’s Weekend Actuals for Friday, September 29 – Sunday, October 1, 2017:

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Kingsman: The Golden Circle $16,935,565 -57% 4,038 35 $4,194 $66,637,153 2 Fox
2 It (2017) $16,902,442 -43% 3,917 -90 $4,315 $290,775,232 4 Warner Bros. / New Line
3 American Made $16,776,390 3,024 $5,548 $16,776,390 1 Universal
4 The LEGO Ninjago Movie $11,644,237 -43% 4,047 0 $2,877 $35,200,302 2 Warner Bros.
5 Flatliners $6,574,326 2,552 $2,576 $6,574,326 1 Sony Pictures
6 Battle of the Sexes $3,417,342 563% 1,213 1192 $2,817 $4,090,500 2 Fox Searchlight
7 American Assassin $3,315,644 -47% 3,020 -134 $1,098 $31,864,225 3 CBS Films / Lionsgate
8 Home Again $1,726,563 -47% 2,370 -315 $729 $25,152,128 4 Open Road
9 mother! $1,449,378 -56% 1,840 -528 $788 $16,310,224 3 Paramount
10 Friend Request $728,065 -64% 2,081 -492 $350 $3,411,023 2 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
11 The Hitman’s Bodyguard $679,375 -58% 1,119 -918 $607 $74,624,503 7 Lionsgate / Summit

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 ‘Til Death Do Us Part $1,521,803 562 $2,708 $1,521,803 1 Novus Content
2 A Question Of Faith $1,025,489 661 $1,551 $1,025,489 1 Pure Flix Entertainment
3 Stronger $922,923 -43% 645 71 $1,431 $3,165,000 2 Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions
4 Judwaa 2 $638,045 192 $3,323 $638,045 1 FIP
5 Wind River $597,048 -53% 892 -539 $669 $32,786,407 9 The Weinstein Company
6 Spider-Man: Homecoming $588,932 -45% 679 -327 $867 $332,707,249 13 Sony / Columbia
7 Leap! $483,227 -50% 730 -571 $662 $20,910,437 6 The Weinstein Company
8 Brad’s Status $400,522 -58% 453 0 $884 $1,766,066 3 Amazon Studios / Annapurna Pictures
9 Despicable Me 3 $365,705 -28% 419 -120 $873 $262,271,065 14 Universal
10 Dunkirk $330,055 -43% 401 -277 $823 $186,881,004 11 Warner Bros.
11 Annabelle: Creation $311,480 -57% 385 -297 $809 $101,578,510 8 Warner Bros. / New Line
12 The Emoji Movie $260,249 -38% 370 -203 $703 $84,912,232 10 Sony / Columbia
13 Wonder Woman $185,196 -45% 261 -94 $710 $412,265,643 18 Warner Bros.
14 War for the Planet of the Apes $140,715 -47% 204 -102 $690 $146,458,374 12 Fox
15 Baby Driver $129,453 -45% 177 -75 $731 $107,668,101 14 Sony / TriStar
16 The Dark Tower $118,429 -46% 233 -125 $508 $50,548,577 9 Sony / Columbia
17 Girls Trip $111,265 -51% 179 -134 $622 $115,004,375 11 Universal
18 Logan Lucky $87,207 -66% 200 -197 $436 $27,644,123 7 Bleeker Street
19 All Saints $59,655 -54% 182 -111 $328 $5,698,605 6 Sony Pictures
20 The Glass Castle $57,160 -50% 136 -83 $420 $17,154,354 8 LionsgateLionsgate

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Victoria & Abdul $1,092,204 588% 77 73 $14,184 $1,312,549 2 Focus Features
2 Chasing The Dragon $138,346 52 $2,661 $138,346 1 Well Go USA Entertainment
3 Loving Vincent $55,477 139% 4 3 $13,869 $92,283 2 Good Deed Entertainment
4 Pearl Jam: Let’s Play Two $55,274 5 $11,055 $55,274 1 Abramorama
5 Cars 3 $54,428 -29% 88 -26 $619 $152,476,561 16 Disney
6 Columbus $53,126 -26% 49 -8 $1,084 $835,987 9 Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Fellowship
7 Dolores $52,274 -24% 27 0 $1,936 $351,264 5 PBS Distribution
8 The Big Sick $44,162 -59% 81 -41 $545 $42,787,631 15 Lionsgate
9 Lucky $43,293 5 $8,659 $43,293 1 Magnolia
10 Hazlo Como Hombre $34,476 -35% 68 18 $507 $2,520,001 5 Lionsgate / Pantelion
11 Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House $34,217 5 $6,843 $34,217 1 Sony Pictures Classics
12 Super Dark Times $19,590 21 $933 $19,590 1 The Orchard
13 Tulip Fever $18,775 -43% 42 -48 $447 $2,380,674 5 Weinstein Company
14 Beach Rats $18,161 -55% 20 -24 $908 $438,020 6 Neon
15 Captain Underpants $16,875 -49% 40 -23 $422 $73,880,285 18 Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16 The Boss Baby $15,339 2827% 32 27 $479 $174,996,080 27 Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17 47 Meters Down $15,172 -51% 28 -28 $542 $44,300,148 16 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
18 Kidnap $15,023 -68% 68 -66 $221 $30,538,697 9 Aviron Pictures
19 Ingrid Goes West $14,483 -45% 48 -2 $302 $3,003,413 8 Neon
20 Menashe $14,012 -70% 29 -21 $483 $1,669,951 10 A24
21 Woodshock $13,494 10% 39 36 $346 $29,269 2 A24
22 Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary $12,314 6 $2,052 $406,284 25 Abramorama
23 Unrest $11,258 6% 6 5 $1,876 $24,851 2 Sundance Institute
24 Maudie $8,879 -62% 18 -26 $493 $6,139,048 16 Sony Pictures Classics
25 Lost in Paris $7,783 -38% 12 1 $649 $667,412 16 Oscilloscope Laboratories
26 Napping Princess $6,282 113% 4 -6 $1,571 $46,020 4 GKIDS
27 The Pathological Optimist $5,946 1 $5,946 $5,946 1 The Film Arcade
28 Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards $5,912 -47% 9 -2 $657 $39,504 3 Music Box Films
29 Wish Upon $5,298 -57% 11 -14 $482 $14,298,385 12 Broad Green Pictures
30 Step $5,009 -30% 8 -4 $626 $1,137,759 9 Fox Searchlight
31 Marjorie Prime $4,968 -23% 5 -2 $994 $168,703 7 FilmRise Releasing
32 The Midwife $4,713 -65% 8 -15 $589 $589,394 11 Music Box Films
33 A Taxi Driver $4,326 -54% 7 0 $618 $1,526,393 8 Well Go USA
34 Memoir of a Murderer $3,823 -56% 3 -3 $1,274 $89,649 4 Well Go USA
35 Polina $3,689 -74% 9 -10 $410 $158,256 6 Oscilloscope Laboratories
36 Detroit $3,667 -59% 21 -23 $175 $16,784,436 10 Annapurna Pictures
37 Good Time $3,390 -79% 13 -11 $261 $1,984,612 8 A24
38 School Life $3,063 -68% 8 -5 $383 $26,963 4 Magnolia
39 Ribbons $3,012 -47% 3 -2 $1,004 $12,742 2 Indican Pictures
40 Whose Streets? $2,882 -38% 9 -2 $320 $180,214 8 Magnolia Pictures
41 Brigsby Bear $2,515 102% 5 -1 $503 $529,426 10 Sony Pictures Classics
42 The Fencer $2,397 -30% 4 0 $599 $87,679 11 CFI Releasing
43 Patti Cake$ $2,389 -57% 7 -4 $341 $794,817 7 Fox Searchlight
44 May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers $2,203 5% 4 1 $551 $702,789 3 Oscilloscope Laboratories
45 Bobbi Jene $2,196 -69% 1 0 $2,196 $13,275 2 Oscilloscope Laboratories
46 Love, Kennedy $2,114 51% 3 1 $705 $406,976 18 Purdie Distribution
47 Because of Gracia $2,000 -90% 9 -11 $222 $89,604 3 ArtAffects Entertainment
48 Trophy $1,873 -54% 21 2 $89 $16,245 4 The Orchard
49 Il Boom $1,771 17% 2 1 $886 $52,695 16 Rialto Pictures
50 Man From Outerspace $1,655 94% 2 0 $828 $7,546 4 Indican Pictures
51 The Women’s Balcony $1,519 -60% 3 -3 $506 $1,183,969 31 Menemsha Films
52 Lady Macbeth $1,500 -85% 6 -8 $250 $1,128,187 12 Roadside Attractions
53 30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story $1,419 2 $710 $19,700 8 Indican Pictures
54 Rat Film $1,325 -70% 1 -1 $1,325 $22,837 3 Cinema Guild
55 Paradise Club $1,310 6% 2 0 $655 $9,196 4 Indican Pictures
56 Beatriz at Dinner $1,297 -63% 3 -6 $432 $7,115,001 17 Roadside Attractions
57 Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World $1,029 -84% 3 -9 $343 $196,250 10 Kino Lorber
58 In Pursuit of Silence $988 1 $988 $23,115 15 Cinema Guild
59 The Teacher $962 2 $481 $51,656 5 Film Movement
60 The Villainess $927 4 $232 $26,719 6 Well Go USA Entertainment
61 Dawson City: Frozen Time $884 17% 2 -1 $442 $122,207 17 Kino Lorber Films
62 The Force (2017) $872 -92% 2 -3 $436 $54,487 3 Kino Lorber
63 Pop Aye $633 1 $633 $71,128 14 Kino Lorber
64 Lemon $538 114% 2 -1 $269 $29,074 7 Magnolia
65 Simple Creature $525 -30% 2 0 $263 $21,982 10 Indican Pictures
66 We Love You, Sally Carmichael! $412 -62% 1 -1 $412 $28,500 9 Purdie Distribution
67 The Nile Hilton Incident $397 -86% 1 -2 $397 $77,377 8 Strand Releasing
68 13 Minutes $255 45% 1 0 $255 $160,450 14 Sony Pictures Classics
69 The Challenge $237 -49% 1 0 $237 $6,430 4 Kino Lorber
70 Hidden Figures $230 1 $230 $169,385,416 41 Fox
71 Wolf Warrior 2 $198 -93% 1 -2 $198 $2,720,898 10 The H Collective
72 The Wound $147 1 $147 $27,534 7 Kino Lorber
73 The Hero $111 -64% 1 0 $111 $4,076,366 17 The Orchard
74 Red Christmas $100 117% 1 0 $100 $1,650 6 Artsploitation
75 The Untamed $98 1 $98 $26,750 11 Strand Releasing

Sunday’s Studio Weekend Estimates for Friday, September 29 – Sunday, October 1, 2017:

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 It (2017) $17,310,000 -42% 3,917 -90 $4,419 $291,182,790 4 Warner Bros. / New Line
2 American Made $17,016,000 3,024 $5,627 $17,016,000 1 Universal
3 Kingsman: The Golden Circle $17,000,000 -56% 4,038 35 $4,210 $66,701,588 2 Fox
4 The LEGO Ninjago Movie $12,000,000 -41% 4,047 0 $2,965 $35,556,065 2 Warner Bros.
5 Flatliners $6,700,000 2,552 $2,625 $6,700,000 1 Sony Pictures
6 Battle of the Sexes $3,400,000 560% 1,213 1192 $2,803 $4,073,158 2 Fox Searchlight
7 American Assassin $3,325,000 -47% 3,020 -134 $1,101 $31,873,581 3 CBS Films / Lionsgate
8 Home Again $1,756,372 -46% 2,370 -315 $741 $25,181,937 4 Open Road
9 mother! $1,460,000 -56% 1,840 -528 $793 $16,320,846 3 Paramount
10 Friend Request $800,000 -60% 2,081 -492 $384 $3,482,958 2 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
11 The Hitman’s Bodyguard $715,000 -56% 1,119 -918 $639 $74,660,128 7 Lionsgate / Summit

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 ‘Til Death Do Us Part $1,567,966 562 $2,790 $1,567,966 1 Novus Content
2 A Question Of Faith $1,050,000 661 $1,589 $1,050,000 1 Pure Flix Entertainment
3 Stronger $986,560 -39% 645 71 $1,530 $3,228,637 2 Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions
4 Judwaa 2 $605,000 192 $3,151 $605,000 1 FIP
5 Wind River $600,159 -52% 892 -539 $673 $32,789,518 9 The Weinstein Company
6 Spider-Man: Homecoming $600,000 -44% 679 -327 $884 $332,718,317 13 Sony / Columbia
7 Leap! $494,994 -48% 730 -571 $678 $20,922,204 6 The Weinstein Company
8 Brad’s Status $404,000 -58% 453 0 $892 $1,769,544 3 Amazon Studios / Annapurna Pictures
9 Despicable Me 3 $355,000 -30% 419 -120 $847 $262,260,360 14 Universal
10 Dunkirk $326,000 -44% 401 -277 $813 $186,876,949 11 Warner Bros.
11 War for the Planet of the Apes $140,000 -47% 204 -102 $686 $146,457,659 12 Fox
12 Girls Trip $109,000 -52% 179 -134 $609 $115,002,110 11 Universal
13 Viceroy’s House $108,264 -40% 108 -8 $1,002 $910,739 5 IFC Films
14 Logan Lucky $82,578 -68% 200 -197 $413 $27,818,769 7 Bleeker Street
15 The Glass Castle $56,000 -51% 136 -83 $412 $17,153,194 8 LionsgateLionsgate

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Victoria & Abdul $1,031,000 549% 77 73 $13,390 $1,251,345 2 Focus Features
2 Cars 3 $61,000 -21% 88 -26 $693 $152,483,133 16 Disney
3 Pearl Jam: Let’s Play Two $55,274 5 $11,055 $55,274 1 Abramorama
4 Columbus $53,630 -25% 49 -8 $1,094 $836,491 9 Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Fellowship
5 Loving Vincent $52,886 128% 4 3 $13,222 $89,692 2 Good Deed Entertainment
6 Dolores $46,695 -33% 27 0 $1,729 $345,685 5 PBS Distribution
7 The Big Sick $45,000 -58% 81 -41 $556 $42,788,469 15 Lionsgate
8 Rebel in the Rye $36,548 -50% 73 -9 $501 $327,765 4 IFC Films
9 Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House $35,138 5 $7,028 $35,138 1 Sony Pictures Classics
10 Hazlo Como Hombre $35,000 -34% 68 18 $515 $2,520,525 5 Lionsgate / Pantelion
11 Te Ata $28,640 14 $2,046 $28,640 1 Paladin
12 Super Dark Times $22,651 22 $1,030 $22,651 1 The Orchard
13 The Unknown Girl $20,412 -22% 29 6 $704 $123,017 4 IFC Films
14 Tulip Fever $19,192 -42% 42 -48 $457 $2,381,091 5 Weinstein Company
15 Take Every Wave: the Life of Laird Hamilton $13,819 1 $13,819 $13,819 1 IFC Films
16 Unrest $12,096 14% 6 5 $2,016 $25,689 2 Sundance Institute
17 The Trip to Spain $11,637 -73% 30 -29 $388 $1,078,822 8 IFC Films
18 47 Meters Down $8,853 -71% 28 -28 $316 $44,293,829 16 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
19 Lost in Paris $8,000 -36% 12 1 $667 $667,629 16 Oscilloscope Laboratories
20 Marjorie Prime $4,000 -38% 5 -2 $800 $167,735 7 FilmRise Releasing
21 Polina $3,000 -79% 9 -10 $333 $157,567 6 Oscilloscope Laboratories
22 May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers $2,500 20% 4 1 $625 $703,086 3 Oscilloscope Laboratories
23 Bobbi Jene $2,200 -69% 1 0 $2,200 $13,279 2 Oscilloscope Laboratories
24 Trophy $2,168 -47% 21 2 $103 $16,540 4 The Orchard
25 Love, Kennedy $1,743 25% 3 1 $581 $406,605 18 Purdie Distribution
26 We Love You, Sally Carmichael! $412 -62% 1 -1 $412 $28,500 9 Purdie Distribution
27 The Hero $111 -64% 1 0 $111 $111 17 The Orchard
Jesse Rifkin

2 Comments

  1. Avatar
    Moe October 01, 2017

    “Sony and Columbia’s sci-fi thriller remakeFlatliners flatlined with $6.7 million in fifth place.”

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    Don’t Mind Me Now October 01, 2017

    With BLADE RUNNER 2049 opening next week and THE FOREIGNER the week after, we should end up with an R-rated top film for the next two weekends as well (whichever of those two tops the second weekend of October, there’s no way the PG-13 HAPPY DEATH DAY ends up on top), making a total of 10 R-rated weekends in a row. Unless BLADE RUNNER 2049 seriously overperforms, however, I would guess the streak will end with the presumably PG-13 BOO 2! A MADEA HALLOWEEN.

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