"Kingsman" Sequel Knocks "It" Out Of No

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle (FOX +0.7%, FOXA +0.9%) unseated It (TWX +0.8%) to lead box office grosses that are rebounding nicely from a serious end-of-summer slump.

The rest of the weekend saw modest results, outside of new release The LEGO Ninjago Movie which rounded out the top three with a $20.5 million bow.

After getting roughed up by critics, The Golden Circle will likely debut below the $41.8 million four-day total pulled in by its predecessor over Presidents Day weekend in 2015, but above the original's Friday-Sunday total of $36.2 million. It's also on pace to add an estimated $61.2 million from 55 global markets this weekend.

Overseas the film has brought in $61 million (£45.2 million), to bring its global earnings to $100 million (£74.1 million). It scored the highest-grossing horror film debut in history with $117.2 million (£86.8 million), as well as securing the title of the biggest September opening ever at the North American box office.

- In addition to "Kingsman" and "LEGO Ninjago", this weekend welcomed a wide new release in "Friend Request".

Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher, and Bob Logan directed the movie, and the voice cast includes Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Olivia Munn, Michael Pena, and Jackie Chan.

The action sequel brought in $39 million during its opening weekend. The PTA crown went, appropriately, to a film about a queen: Victoria & Abdul, which opened to $152,000 on four screens. Stronger, like Battle of the Sexes coming off a positive reception on the festival circuit, bowed on 574 screens to $1.7 million for a ninth-place finish.

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