Stephen King's 'It' tops North American box office for second weekend

Updated 2017-09-18 11:00:36 Xinhua

Following its record-breaking debut weekend last week, American horror movie "It" continues to lead North American box office for the second weekend in a row with an estimated 60 million U.S. dollars in its second weekend.

Warner Bros. and New Line's latest movie is based on renowned horror writer Stephen King's 1986 novel of the same name. Directed by Andy Muschietti and made for around 35 million U.S. dollars, the movie tells the story of seven children in Derry, Maine, who are terrorized by the eponymous being.

"It" has brought in a whopping 218.7 million U.S. dollars in box office sales after only 10 days in North American theaters. The movie also continues to break records overseas, earning 60.3 million U.S. dollars in 56 markets. This brings its international running cume to 152.6 million U.S. dollars and the worldwide tally to 371.3 million U.S. dollars, according to studio figures collected by comScore.

" 'It' does it again, vanquishing all newcomers after a week of posting daily September records as the Fall season to date box office is shaping up to be a monster, "wrote movie analyst Paul Dergarabedian at comScore in an email to Xinhua.

The movie "sets a new standard for what is possible at the box office in the month of September," he added.

Lionsgate's "American Assassin" opened in the second place with an estimated 14.8 million U.S. dollars. The action thriller movie is an adaptation of Vince Flynn's 2010 novel of the same name. The movie follows young CIA black ops recruit Mitch Rapp, who helps a Cold War veteran try to stop the launching of a nuke in the Middle East.

Another newcomer, Paramount's horror film "Mother!", opened in the third place, with an estimated 7.5 million U.S. dollars.

Open Road Films' romantic comedy "Home Again" landed in the fourth place with an estimated 5.33 million U.S. dollars in its second weekend.

Lionsgate's action comedy film "The Hitman's Bodyguard" dropped to the fifth place with an estimated 3.55 million U.S. dollars in its fifth weekend.

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