After setting the September box office record with a jaw-dropping total of $117 million USD brought in through North American theaters last weekend, Andy Muschietti-directed film IT has claimed the top spot at the box office for the second week in a row. This time around, the heart-stopping movie beat out Jennifer Lawrence’s mother! as well as American Assassin starring Dylan O’Brien and Michael Keaton. This weekend, IT saw another $120.3 million USD come in from across the world, raising the global total to approximately $371 million USD. With a domestic total of around $271 million USD, It now ranks at the eighth highest grossing film in North America this year, passing Dunkirk and sitting behind a few titles such as Beauty and the Beast and Wonder Woman.
In addition to a limited release overseas, mother! saw a very underwhelming reception in North America, with only about $7.5 million USD in tickets sold on a $30 million USD budget. Despite receiving mostly positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, the film scored a rare “F” grade from audiences on CinemaScore. Regardless of the film’s numbers up to this point, Paramount’s president of worldwide distribution and marketing Megan Colligan told the New York Times that the studio isn’t ready to give up on the film just yet.
We’re really proud of this film, and we’re going to stick with it. It’s big, bold and audacious. We always knew it wouldn’t be for everybody.
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