Kingsman Sequel Outperforms Original In Weekend Box Office Debut

LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — The second installment of 20th Century Fox's modernized James Bond franchise "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" took top honors at the box office this weekend, opening to an estimated $39.0M domestically and $100.2M worldwide, according to figures so thoughtfully compiled by those lovable rascals at comScore.

Starring Channing Tatum, Halle Berry and Julianne Moore, and helmed by Vince Vaughn, "Kingsman" bested its predecessor in its debut weekend, up by about 6% over the original 2014 film's opening weekend. While not summer blockbuster numbers, they put the movie on good footing to recoup its roughly $200m marketing and production budget.

Also debuting this weekend was Warner Bros. "The Lego Ninjago Movie" based on the popular build-a-block toys and a related television show. It was the second Lego-based movie to hit the theaters this year and its results indicate that the public's thirst for such fare may not be boundless as it failed to live up to expectations.

With mediocre reviews from critics and some fans less than enthused about differences in character design and voice acting from the existing television series, the movie failed to resonate with the public, opening to $21.2M in North America and $31.7M worldwide. While still respectable, "Ninjago" domestic debut fell short of Warner's projection of $27M-$32M and the fall off from 2014's original Lego movie's opening weekend of $69 million was positively precipitous. One can only hope that these results will throw cold water on Warner Bros. enthusiasm for future Lego-based fare.

While the Lego movie was bad news for Warner, it was surely salved by their horror film "It" which hung on to its spot in the top three in both domestic and international markets. Based on a Stephen King novel of the same name, "It" added $30.0M in North America and $68.3M worldwide to its cumulative revenue, which is flirting with the $500m mark.

The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, September 24, are below.

1. Kingsman: The Golden Circle – 20th Century Fox – $100.2M
2. It – Warner Bros. – $68.3M
3. Lego Ninjago Movie, The – Warner Bros. – $31.7M
4. War For The Planet Of The Apes – 20th Century Fox – $19.6M
5. Hitman's Bodyguard, The – Multiple – $17.2M
6. American Assassin – Multiple – $8.9M
7. mother! – Paramount Pictures – $7.9M
8. Spider-Man: Homecoming – Sony – $7.1M
9. Invisible Guest, The – Multiple – $6.5M
10. American Made – Universal – $6.0M
11. I Can Speak – Lotte Entertainment – $4.8M
12. Emoji Movie, The – Sony – $4.7M

The top 12 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, September 24, are below.

1. Kingsman: The Golden Circle – 20th Century Fox – $39.0M
2. It – Warner Bros. – $30.0M
3. Lego Ninjago Movie, The – Warner Bros. – $21.2M
4. American Assassin – Lionsgate – $6.2M
5. Home Again – Open Road – $3.3M
6. mother! – Paramount – $3.3M
7. Friend Request – Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures – $2.4M
8. Hitman's Bodyguard, The – Lionsgate – $1.9M
9. Stronger – Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions – $1.7M
10. Wind River – The Weinstein Company – $1.3M
11. Spider-Man: Homecoming – Sony – $1.1M
12. Brad's Status – Annapurna Pictures – $1.0M

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