LOS ANGELES -- It does it again.
Despite dropping 51 percent in earnings in its second weekend in theaters, the Warner Bros.' Stephen King movie adaptation kept the top spot in last week's box office charts, bringing in $60 million for a to-date total of $219 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters.
Newcomer American Assassin, directed by Michael Cuesta and released by Lionsgate and CBS Films, debuted at No. 2 and brought in about $15 million. The R-rated action film, about a man (Dylan O'Brien) who becomes a special operative after his girlfriend is killed in a terrorist attack, earned mixed reviews on CinemaScore (B-plus) and Rotten Tomatoes (35 percent rotten). Michael Keaton and Sanaa Lathan also star.
Paramount's psychological thriller Mother! starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem came in at No. 3 on the charts, earning just $7.5 million. Directed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan and The Wrestler), the film about a couple whose lives are thrown into chaos when unexpected visitors come into their secluded home, earned an unprecedented F-rating on CinemaScore and a 68 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Mother! took in an additional $6 million in limited release overseas.
"We're really proud of this film, and we're going to stick with it," said Megan Colligan, Paramount's president of worldwide distribution and marketing. "It's big, bold and audacious. We always knew it wouldn't be for everybody."
Colligan noted, however, that Mother! also had ardent support from many cinephiles. "The hatred is real, but the passion is really real, too," she said. "People can't stop talking about it one way or another, which is powerful."
The Reese Witherspoon-led Home Again, distributed by Open Road Films, came in fourth, adding $5.2 million in its second weekend for a cumulative $17 million. The romantic comedy, which stars Witherspoon as a single mom in Los Angeles who lets three young guys move in with her, earned a B-rating on CinemaScore and a 31 percent rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film also stars Candice Bergen and Michael Sheen and is directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer.
The Hitman's Bodyguard from Lionsgate fell two spots since last week to No. 5 after previously enjoying three weeks in the top spot. The film, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds, added $3.6 million in its fifth weekend for a cumulative total of $70.4 million. The film has a B-plus rating on CinemaScore and a 37 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
In limited release, Annapurna Pictures' social media-theme Brad's Status opened in four theaters, earning an 83 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and $100,179 domestically for a solid per screen average of $25,045. Starring Ben Stiller as a neurotic father whose old friend makes him feel inferior about his life choices, the R-rated comedy debuted at No. 28 on the chart and will expand into 100 markets this weekend. The film also stars Michael Sheen and Luke Wilson and was directed by Mike White (School of Rock and Nacho Libre).
This week, Entertainment Studios debuts the horror film Friend Request, Fox premieres the action comedy sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Warner Bros. opens the animated family film The Lego Ninjago Movie.
Fox Searchlight also reveals the Emma Stone, Steve Carell-led Battle of the Sexes, in limited release.
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The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore.
It, Warner Bros., $60,103,110, 4,148 locations, $14,490 average, $218,813,729, two weeks.
American Assassin, Lionsgate, $14,846,778, 3,154 locations, $4,707 average, $14,846,778, one week.
Mother! Paramount, $7,534,673, 2,368 locations, $3,182 average, $7,534,673, one week.
Home Again, Open Road, $5,183,004, 3,036 locations, $1,707 average, $16,984,088, two weeks.
The Hitman's Bodyguard, Lionsgate, $3,588,883, 3,272 locations, $1,097 average, $70,395,923, five weeks.
Wind River, The Weinstein Co., $2,572,397, 2,619 locations, $982 average, $29,141,212, seven weeks.
Annabelle: Creation, Warner Bros., $2,411,319, 2,117 locations, $1,139 average, $99,711,680, six weeks.
Leap! The Weinstein Co., $2,163,778, 2,416 locations, $896 average, $18,705,564, four weeks.
Spider-Man: Homecoming, Columbia, $1,858,740, 1,436 locations, $1,294 average, $330,245,988, 11 Weeks.
Dunkirk, Warner Bros., $1,311,449, 1,478 locations, $887 average, $185,148,101, nine weeks.
The Emoji Movie, Columbia, $1,001,256, 1,151 locations, $870 average, $83,911,291, eight weeks.
Logan Lucky, Bleecker Street, $996,576, 1,401 locations, $711 average, $26,826,677, give weeks.
Despicable Me 3, Universal, $857,205, 983 locations, $872 average, $261,094,650, 12 weeks.
The Dark Tower, Columbia, $757,815, 1,235 locations, $614 average, $49,922,920, seven weeks.
Canelo vs. GGG Supremacy, Fathom Events, $703,396, 465 locations, $1,513 average, $703,396, one week.
Wonder Woman, Warner Bros., $667,794, 659 locations, $1,013 average, $411,430,094, 16 weeks.
Girls Trip, Universal, $570,725, 733 locations, $779 average, $114,337,980, nine weeks.
Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature, Open Road, $461,885, 846 locations, $546 average, $28,093,664, six weeks.
All Saints, Columbia, $371,464, 750 locations, $495 average, $5,234,199, four weeks.
The Glass Castle, Lionsgate, $351,887, 698 locations, $504 average, $16,724,214, six weeks.
MovieStyle on 09/22/2017
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