Weekend Actuals: ‘Kingsman’ Golden w/ $39.0M; ‘Lego Ninjago’ Starts w/ $20.4M; R-Rated Titles Comprise 8 of Top 10

Monday Update: R-rated titles made up eight of the top 10 films at this weekend’s box office, as Fox’s action sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle drew circles around the competition with a $39.0 million start.

Warner Bros.’ animated The Lego Ninjago Movie came in far below its two predecessors, It became the highest-grossing R-rated horror movie ever (unadjusted for inflation), and Friend Request became the lowest opener of all time for a film playing in at least 2,500 theaters.

The full table of weekend actuals is at bottom, after our Sunday update featuring fuller numbers and analysis.


Sunday Update: R-rated titles made up eight of the top 10 films at this weekend’s box office, as Fox’s action sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle drew circles around the competition with a $39.0 million start.

Boxoffice could not immediately determine the last time so many of the top 10 films in a weekend were rated R — if ever.

Credit it to a combination of more adult-oriented releases in September following the teenager- and family-targeted summer season, plus a recent trend of R-rated blockbusters including DeadpoolAmerican SniperGet Out, and Logan.

The Golden Circle opened 7 percent higher than the debut for the original Kingsman: The Secret Service in September 2015, although adjusted for ticket price inflation the two films were basically even.

Given the typically more front-loaded nature of sequels, it’s uncertain whether this installment will ultimately be able to match its predecessor’s multiple and surpass the original film’s $128.2 million total.

One encouraging sign is that the film may repeat on top next weekend, as the top new competitor American Made looks to open around $16 million — a figure Kingsman could likely beat if its decline stays below 60 percent.

Warner Bros.’ horror adaptation It, which led for the past two weekends, took second place with $30.0 million.

The film’s 50 percent decline is roughly even with the previous weekend’s 51 percent drop. It’s holding decently for a horror movie, which usually experiences among the steepest post-opening drops of any genre.

It is already the highest grossing R-rated horror film of all time (unadjusted for inflation) after only three weekends of release. With $266.3 million total, it seems a lock to earn at least $300 million if not $350 million — something no horror movie has done for many, many years.

Warner Bros.’ animated The Lego Ninjago Movie came in below expectations with $21.2 million and third place.

The third Lego movie, this installment came in far behind the $69.0 million opening of The Lego Movie or the $53.0 million start of The Lego Batman Movie.

Why? The Ninjago brand of toys is far less famous than just Legos in general or the Batman character. Plus word of mouth came in below its predecessors, with a “B+” average CinemaScore compared to an “A” for the original Lego Movie and an “A-” for Lego Batman.

Entertainment Studios’ Friend Request started in seventh place with $2.4 million, but that number comes alongside a negative headline the movie surely didn’t want.

The digital-themed horror thriller likely sets a new record: with $2.4 million, it’s poised to become the lowest opening of all time for a film that played in at least 2,500 theaters. The title seems likely to break the previous low mark set by 2015’s Young Frankenstein, which started with $2.46 million.

(It’s possible that Friend Request could avoid the last-place designation if its weekend actuals released on Monday come in higher than its Sunday studio weekend estimate.)

Limited Releases:

The Oscars race started in earnest this weekend, with three potential contenders opening in limited release.

Roadside Attractions’ Stronger, about a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing, started with $1.7 million in 574 theaters.

Fox Searchlight’s Battle of the Sexes, about the 1970s tennis match between one of the top male and female players in the country, began with $525 thousand in 21 theaters.

Focus Features’ Victoria and Abdul, about the friendship between Queen Victoria and her Indian servant, began with $152 thousand in 4 theaters. [Read our interview with the film’s star Ali Fazal here.]

Overseas Update:

Kingsman: The Golden Circle opened with $61.2 million overseas, led by $11.1 million in the United Kingdom. That makes for a $100.2 million global opening.

It continues its hefty overseas haul with a $38.3 million overseas weekend, down 37 percent. Its totals are now $211.7 million overseas and $478.0 million globally. Look for it to cross the half-billion mark globally later this week, a feat that’s basically unheard-of for a horror release.


Monday’s Weekend Actuals for Friday, September 22 – Sunday, September 24, 2017:

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Kingsman: The Golden Circle $39,023,010 4,003 $9,748 $39,023,010 1 Fox
2 It (2017) $29,757,494 -50% 4,007 -96 $7,426 $266,096,375 3 Warner Bros. / New Line
3 The LEGO Ninjago Movie $20,433,071 4,047 $5,049 $20,433,071 1 Warner Bros.
4 American Assassin $6,255,617 -58% 3,154 0 $1,983 $26,185,076 2 CBS Films / Lionsgate
5 mother! $3,290,780 -56% 2,368 0 $1,390 $13,459,798 2 Paramount
6 Home Again $3,232,156 -38% 2,685 -351 $1,204 $22,267,987 3 Open Road
7 Friend Request $2,002,863 2,573 $778 $2,002,863 1 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
8 The Hitman’s Bodyguard $1,608,722 -55% 2,037 -1235 $790 $73,356,701 6 Lionsgate / Summit
9 Wind River $1,257,881 -51% 1,431 -1188 $879 $31,645,630 8 The Weinstein Company
10 Spider-Man: Homecoming $1,063,712 -43% 1,006 -430 $1,057 $331,857,374 12 Sony / Columbia
11 Leap! $959,668 -56% 1,301 -1115 $738 $20,262,222 5 The Weinstein Company

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Stronger $1,611,899 574 $2,808 $1,611,899 1 Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions
2 Brad’s Status $953,193 960% 453 449 $2,104 $1,066,530 2 Annapurna Pictures Releasing
3 Annabelle: Creation $727,734 -70% 682 -1435 $1,067 $101,104,430 7 Warner Bros. / New Line
4 Dunkirk $582,713 -56% 678 -800 $859 $186,292,020 10 Warner Bros.
5 Despicable Me 3 $505,200 -41% 539 -444 $937 $261,809,115 13 Universal
6 The Emoji Movie $417,727 -58% 573 -578 $729 $84,568,848 9 Sony / Columbia
7 Wonder Woman $338,279 -49% 355 -304 $953 $411,990,490 17 Warner Bros.
8 War for the Planet of the Apes $264,948 -24% 306 -164 $866 $146,252,402 11 Fox
9 Logan Lucky $257,389 -74% 397 -1004 $648 $27,469,870 6 Bleeker Street
10 Baby Driver $235,025 -21% 252 -129 $933 $107,446,585 13 Sony / TriStar
11 Girls Trip $224,910 -61% 313 -420 $719 $114,803,580 10 Universal
12 The Dark Tower $217,330 -71% 358 -877 $607 $50,372,805 8 Sony / Columbia
13 Viceroy’s House $179,041 -13% 116 6 $1,543 $723,939 4 IFC Films
14 The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature $147,058 -68% 341 -505 $431 $28,342,490 7 Open Road
15 All Saints $130,811 -65% 293 -457 $446 $5,578,618 5 Sony Pictures
16 The Glass Castle $114,190 -68% 219 -479 $521 $17,038,526 7 LionsgateLionsgate
17 The Big Sick $106,531 -66% 122 -216 $873 $42,707,638 14 Lionsgate
18 Atomic Blonde $82,120 -56% 153 -117 $537 $51,536,935 9 Focus Features
19 Cars 3 $76,871 -54% 114 -145 $674 $152,401,628 15 Disney
20 Kidnap $46,739 -62% 134 -372 $349 $30,512,341 8 Aviron Pictures
21 The Tiger Hunter $39,553 942 $42 $39,553 1 Shout! Factory

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Battle of the Sexes $515,450 21 $24,545 $515,450 1 Fox Searchlight
2 Victoria & Abdul $158,845 4 $39,711 $158,845 1 Focus Features
3 Rebel in the Rye $72,507 -20% 82 33 $884 $255,732 3 IFC Films
4 Columbus $71,969 -12% 57 -4 $1,263 $743,266 8 Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Fellowship
5 Dolores $69,227 0% 27 9 $2,564 $256,582 4 PBS Distribution
6 Hazlo Como Hombre $53,420 -65% 50 -176 $1,068 $2,466,925 4 Lionsgate / Pantelion
7 Menashe $46,539 -37% 50 -40 $931 $1,636,807 9 A24
8 The Trip to Spain $42,626 -53% 59 -51 $722 $1,038,343 7 IFC Films
9 Beach Rats $40,223 -41% 44 -23 $914 $393,321 5 Neon
10 Tulip Fever $33,073 -72% 90 -157 $367 $2,342,202 4 Weinstein Company
11 Captain Underpants $32,877 -32% 63 -20 $522 $73,856,318 17 Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12 47 Meters Down $31,055 -38% 56 -43 $555 $44,278,294 15 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
13 Ingrid Goes West $26,573 -67% 50 -50 $531 $2,975,682 7 Neon
14 The Unknown Girl $26,045 -13% 23 7 $1,132 $89,609 3 IFC Films
15 Maudie $23,234 -31% 4 -59 $5,809 $6,117,777 15 Sony Pictures Classics
16 Loving Vincent $23,180 1 $23,180 $23,180 1 Good Deed Entertainment
17 Because of Gracia $19,109 -63% 20 -12 $955 $82,682 2 ArtAffects Entertainment
18 Ex Libris: The New York Public Library $17,820 63% 4 3 $4,455 $42,021 2
19 Good Time $16,348 -39% 24 -5 $681 $1,969,863 7 A24
20 Birth Of The Dragon $15,235 -88% 47 -228 $324 $6,895,695 5 OTL Releasing
21 Polina $14,285 19 $752 $147,474 5 Oscilloscope Laboratories
22 After Love $13,429 1532% 1 0 $13,429 $13,621 7 Distrib Films
23 The Midwife $13,318 5% 23 4 $579 $578,016 10 Music Box Films
24 Lost in Paris $12,492 11 $1,136 $651,109 15 Oscilloscope Laboratories
25 Wish Upon $12,394 -41% 25 -10 $496 $14,289,661 11 Broad Green Pictures
26 Woodshock $12,248 3 $4,083 $12,248 1 A24
27 Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards $11,169 36% 11 8 $1,015 $25,145 2 Music Box Films
28 The Force (2017) $11,136 -41% 5 1 $2,227 $48,867 2 Kino Lorber
29 Unrest $10,607 1 $10,607 $10,607 1 Sundance Institute
30 Lady Macbeth $10,125 18% 14 -8 $723 $1,122,843 11 Roadside Attractions
31 School Life $9,673 135% 13 10 $744 $19,671 3 Magnolia
32 A Taxi Driver $9,377 -60% 7 -7 $1,340 $1,517,802 7 Well Go USA
33 Detroit $9,047 -60% 44 -47 $206 $16,774,847 9 Annapurna Pictures
34 Memoir of a Murderer $8,724 -53% 6 0 $1,454 $80,665 3 Well Go USA
35 Step $7,193 -33% 12 -3 $599 $1,128,379 8 Fox Searchlight
36 Bobbi Jene $7,035 1 $7,035 $7,035 1 Oscilloscope Laboratories
37 Marjorie Prime $6,419 -44% 7 -3 $917 $160,047 6 FilmRise Releasing
38 Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World $6,250 -51% 12 -2 $521 $192,195 9 Kino Lorber
39 Ribbons $5,715 5 $1,143 $5,715 1 Indican Pictures
40 Patti Cake$ $5,557 -65% 11 -35 $505 $790,620 6 Fox Searchlight
41 Whose Streets? $4,635 63% 11 1 $421 $174,197 7 Magnolia Pictures
42 Rat Film $4,357 -44% 2 0 $2,179 $17,613 2 Cinema Guild
43 Trophy $4,108 104% 19 17 $216 $11,581 3 The Orchard
44 The Women’s Balcony $3,829 -62% 6 -5 $638 $1,180,968 30 Menemsha Films
45 The Adventurers $3,596 -53% 2 -1 $1,798 $214,502 6 Well Go USA
46 Beatriz at Dinner $3,491 -52% 9 -3 $388 $7,109,399 16 Roadside Attractions
47 The Fencer $3,408 -28% 4 0 $852 $83,849 10 CFI Releasing
48 Napping Princess $2,945 -74% 10 -12 $295 $39,029 3 GKIDS
49 The Nile Hilton Incident $2,855 -49% 3 -2 $952 $75,696 7 Strand Releasing
50 Wolf Warrior 2 $2,670 -66% 3 -3 $890 $2,718,331 9 The H Collective
51 A Ghost Story $2,277 -47% 13 0 $175 $1,594,798 12 A24
52 May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers $2,089 3 $696 $688,801 2 Oscilloscope Laboratories
53 Paris Can Wait $1,588 115% 1 -3 $1,588 $5,617,321 20 Sony Pictures Classics
54 Il Boom $1,518 130% 1 0 $1,518 $50,924 15 Rialto Pictures
55 L’Important C’est D’Aimer (2017 re-release) $1,468 2 $734 $18,626 11 Rialto Pictures
56 Sidemen: Long Road to Glory $1,412 -62% 4 -2 $353 $31,399 6 Abramorama
57 Love, Kennedy $1,399 -46% 2 -4 $700 $403,614 17 Purdie Distribution
58 Crown Heights $1,314 -79% 7 -17 $188 $236,439 6 IFC Films
59 Brigsby Bear $1,245 -70% 6 -8 $208 $526,691 9 Sony Pictures Classics
60 Paradise Club $1,232 2 $616 $6,942 3 Indican Pictures
61 We Love You, Sally Carmichael! $1,087 66% 2 -2 $544 $27,097 8 Purdie Distribution
62 Twenty Two $1,027 -88% 2 -8 $514 $46,796 3 China Lion Film
63 The Only Living Boy In New York $960 -80% 6 -8 $160 $622,999 7 Roadside Attractions / Amazon Studios
64 Man From Outerspace $855 2 $428 $5,130 3 Indican Pictures
65 Dawson City: Frozen Time $758 -19% 3 0 $253 $120,635 16 Kino Lorber Films
66 Simple Creature $749 2 $375 $20,853 9 Indican Pictures
67 Moka $714 -52% 2 -2 $357 $126,342 15 Film Movement
68 Landline $637 -86% 4 -7 $159 $940,651 10 Magnolia Pictures
69 Time To Die $614 -82% 2 1 $307 $8,081 2 Film Movement
70 Machines $558 1 $558 $7,582 7 Kino Lober Films
71 The Boss Baby $524 -65% 5 -8 $105 $174,980,616 26 Fox / DreamWorks Animation
72 I Am The Blues $498 -68% 1 -1 $498 $36,483 11 Film Movement
73 The Challenge $467 -41% 1 0 $467 $5,966 3 Kino Lorber
74 The Girl Without Hands $460 -59% 7 2 $66 $21,789 10 GKIDS
75 The Hero $305 -86% 1 -7 $305 $4,075,800 16 The Orchard
76 Lemon $251 -87% 3 -1 $84 $28,280 6 Magnolia
77 13 Minutes $176 -81% 1 -3 $176 $160,083 13 Sony Pictures Classics

Sunday Studio Weekend Estimates for Friday, September 22 – Sunday, September 24, 2017:

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Kingsman: The Golden Circle $39,000,000 4,003 $9,743 $39,000,000 1 Fox
2 It (2017) $30,000,000 -50% 4,007 -96 $7,487 $266,338,881 3 Warner Bros. / New Line
3 The LEGO Ninjago Movie $21,245,000 4,047 $5,250 $21,245,000 1 Warner Bros.
4 American Assassin $6,250,000 -58% 3,154 0 $1,982 $26,179,459 2 CBS Films / Lionsgate
5 Home Again $3,311,821 -36% 2,685 -351 $1,233 $22,347,652 3 Open Road
6 mother! $3,260,000 -57% 2,368 0 $1,377 $13,429,018 2 Paramount
7 Friend Request $2,400,000 2,573 $933 $2,400,000 1 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
8 The Hitman’s Bodyguard $1,850,000 -48% 2,037 -1235 $908 $73,597,979 6 Lionsgate / Summit
9 Wind River $1,265,285 -51% 1,431 -1188 $884 $31,653,034 8 The Weinstein Company
10 Spider-Man: Homecoming $1,100,000 -41% 1,006 -430 $1,093 $331,893,662 12 Sony / Columbia
11 Leap! $973,481 -55% 1,301 -1115 $748 $20,276,035 5 The Weinstein Company

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Stronger $1,747,910 574 $3,045 $1,747,910 1 Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions
2 Brad’s Status $1,001,000 1013% 453 449 $2,210 $1,114,337 2 Annapurna Pictures Releasing
3 Annabelle: Creation $715,000 -70% 682 -1435 $1,048 $101,091,696 7 Warner Bros. / New Line
4 Dunkirk $600,000 -54% 678 -800 $885 $186,309,307 10 Warner Bros.
5 Despicable Me 3 $513,000 -40% 539 -444 $952 $261,816,915 13 Universal
6 The Emoji Movie $425,000 -58% 573 -578 $742 $84,576,121 9 Sony / Columbia
7 Logan Lucky $269,617 -73% 397 -1004 $679 $27,482,097 6 Bleeker Street
8 War for the Planet of the Apes $265,000 -24% 306 -164 $866 $146,252,454 11 Fox
9 Girls Trip $230,000 -60% 313 -420 $735 $114,808,670 10 Universal
10 The Dark Tower $222,000 -71% 358 -877 $620 $50,377,475 8 Sony / Columbia
11 Baby Driver $220,000 -26% 252 -129 $873 $107,431,560 13 Sony / TriStar
12 Viceroy’s House $201,287 -2% 120 10 $1,677 $746,008 4 IFC Films
13 The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature $139,419 -70% 341 -505 $409 $28,334,851 7 Open Road
14 All Saints $127,000 -66% 293 -457 $433 $5,574,807 5 Sony Pictures
15 The Glass Castle $115,000 -67% 219 -479 $525 $17,039,336 7 LionsgateLionsgate
16 The Big Sick $114,000 -64% 122 -216 $934 $42,715,107 14 Lionsgate
17 Cars 3 $92,000 -45% 114 -145 $807 $152,416,757 15 Disney
18 Atomic Blonde $81,000 -56% 153 -117 $529 $51,535,815 9 Focus Features

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Battle of the Sexes $525,000 21 $25,000 $525,000 1 Fox Searchlight
2 Victoria & Abdul $152,000 4 $38,000 $152,000 1 Focus Features
3 Rebel in the Rye $82,323 -10% 82 33 $1,004 $265,172 3 IFC Films
4 Columbus $80,222 -2% 57 -4 $1,407 $751,517 8 Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Fellowship
5 Dolores $70,125 1% 27 9 $2,597 $257,480 4 PBS Distribution
6 Hazlo Como Hombre $52,000 -66% 50 -176 $1,040 $2,465,505 4 Lionsgate / Pantelion
7 Beach Rats $39,405 -43% 44 -23 $896 $392,502 5 Neon
8 47 Meters Down $37,746 -24% 56 -43 $674 $44,284,985 15 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
9 The Trip to Spain $34,742 -61% 59 -51 $589 $1,000,463 7 IFC Films
10 Tulip Fever $32,626 -72% 90 -157 $363 $2,341,755 4 Weinstein Company
11 The Unknown Girl $28,538 -5% 23 7 $1,241 $92,102 3 IFC Films
12 Ingrid Goes West $25,952 -68% 50 -50 $519 $2,975,061 7 Neon
13 Loving Vincent $24,304 1 $24,304 $24,304 1 Good Deed Entertainment
14 Maudie $23,252 -31% 44 -19 $528 $6,117,795 15 Sony Pictures Classics
15 Ex Libris: The New York Public Library $18,250 67% 4 3 $4,563 $42,451 2
16 Birth Of The Dragon $15,000 -88% 47 -228 $319 $6,895,460 5 OTL Releasing
17 Polina $15,000 19 $789 $148,189 5 Oscilloscope Laboratories
18 Lost in Paris $13,000 11 $1,182 $651,617 15 Oscilloscope Laboratories
19 Unrest $10,700 1 $10,700 $10,700 1 Sundance Institute
20 Bobbi Jene $7,500 1 $7,500 $7,500 1 Oscilloscope Laboratories
21 Marjorie Prime $6,500 -43% 7 -3 $929 $160,128 6 FilmRise Releasing
22 Trophy $4,354 117% 19 17 $229 $11,827 3 The Orchard
23 May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers $2,000 3 $667 $688,712 2 Oscilloscope Laboratories
24 Crown Heights $1,758 -71% 7 -17 $251 $236,883 6 IFC Films
25 Love, Kennedy $1,396 -46% 2 -4 $698 $403,611 17 Purdie Distribution
26 We Love You, Sally Carmichael! $1,088 66% 2 -2 $544 $27,098 8 Purdie Distribution
27 The Hero $305 -86% 1 -7 $305 $4,075,800 16 The Orchard
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    John September 25, 2017

    American Made is making a minimum of 20 million next weekend due to its rave reviews, Cruise’s drawing power and Kingsman’s poor reception,

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