Record-breaking horror film It has finally been knocked from the number one spot at the weekend box office. Kingsman: The Golden Circle took the top spot with $39 million, but It still had a respectable weekend in the number two spot.
Golden Circle, the sequel to 2014’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, was expected to bring in at least $40 million on its opening weekend.
That makes the film’s debut a bit of a disappointment, even though it was still one of the best September openings in history and bested the original’s $36 million opening.
It was a close second with $30 million, bringing the film’s total domestic haul to $266 million — a record for the highest grossing horror film in history.
On the international market, It brought in $38 million this weekend, which makes its total worldwide take ($478 million) ever closer to a staggering half-billion dollars.
It wasn’t all good news at the box office this weekend, though, as Warner Bros.’ new Lego Ninjago Movie debuted in a weak third place.
The animated film is the third in the new Lego franchise following 2014’s The Lego Movie and February’s The Lego Batman Movie.
The Lego Ninjago movie brought in a disappointing $21 million on its opening weekend, far below expectations and marks set by its predecessors.
The studio acknowledges that the Ninjago toy line is less well-known than the other brands, but the film was still expected to hit $30 million or more upon its debut.
German horror film Friend Request was another new release this weekend, and it landed with a thud in seventh place with a $2 million box office take. Columbia Pictures’ remake of Flatliners with Ellen Page and Nina Dobrev arrives in theaters next weekend, so it will interesting to see if Kingsman: The Golden Circle can hold onto the top spot and whether It will fall any further.