Spy comedy "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" raked in $39 million at box offices this weekend, finally dethroning September's uncontested breakout "It" in box office sales, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
"Kingsman," the Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.-owned (FOX) - Get Fox Corporation Class B Report 20th Century Fox follow up to 2015's sleeper hit "Kingsman: Secret Service," was tracking to bring in $40 million, putting the flick just under expectations for its first outing.
But the comedy finally toppled Time Warner Inc.-owned (TWX) Warner Brothers' "It," which brought in $38 million in its third weekend to bring domestic cumulative sales to a massive $266.3 million. The R-rated thriller is now top-grossing horror film of all time, topping 1973's "The Exorcist."
This weekend's flop was Warner Bros.' "The Lego Ninjago Movie," which opened to $21.2 million after tracking to bring in $30 million. The animated flick, based on the Ninjago toy brand popular among young boys, was one of the lowest debuts for a studio film in recent years.
In specialty theaters, awards season contenders continued to shine. "Battle of the Sexes" and "Victoria and Abdul" each earned in line with expectations, with "Battle" earning a top A rating among CinemaScore reviewers. Boston marathon bombing indie pic "Stronger," from Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate (LGF.A) , grossed $1.7 million and earned an A- CinemaScore rating.
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