America Re-Reads Chapter Two

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Moviegoers just can’t get enough scares in September.

IT: Chapter Two earned its second-straight box-office victory, devouring an estimated $40.7 million in North America en route to the win. That pushes its total domestic cume to about $153.8 million. Add in its overseas cash, and Chapter Two has collected $323.3 million worldwide. Clearly, this pic ain’t clowning around.

By the way, Chapter Two is now the year’s 12th-biggest movie, according to Box Office Mojo, and by next week it might skitter into the top 10. It’s just $7 million behind 10th-place How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World for 2019, and less than $14.5 million behind Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. And if these IT movies have taught us anything, it’s to be very afraid if Pennywise starts stalking you.

Unlike last week, though, IT: Chapter Two had a bit of competition.

Jennifer Lopez’s R-rated, stripper-themed Hustlers danced into second with $33.2 million. That’s the biggest opening ever for the film’s studio, STXfilms. And that figure set a high-water mark for JLo, too, becoming the biggest live-action debut in her career. The movie far outstripped the rest of the field, earning seven times that of the third-place flick.

Angel Has Fallen was that third-place flick, tumbling to bronze-medal status with $4.4 million. Meanwhile, the R-rated comedy Good Boys was sent to the fourth-place corner with nearly $4.3 million. The Lion King spent its ninth weekend in the top five, earning another $3.6 million to push its domestic total to $534 million. (And The Lion King’s current worldwide tally of $1.6 billion has pushed it up to the No. 7 slot of all time, sandwiched between Jurassic World at No. 6 and The Avengers at No. 8.)

While Hustlers hustled it’s way to a big debut, the other new wide release, The Goldfinch, had its wings clipped. Most critics found this adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel pretentious rather than prestigious (it has a 26% “freshness” rating on Rotten Tomatoes), and audiences apparently agreed. It flew to just $2.6 million in its opening weekend, which stuck it in eighth place behind Christian flick Overcomer.