Kingsman: The Golden Circle won another round at the international box office, adding over $50 million worldwide in its second outing. Directed by Matthew Vaughn and starring Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Julianne Moore, Kingsman is on the verge of reaching the $200 million benchmark. It had a very strong opening in Korea, with a record $16 million debut, three times bigger than the original Kingsman: The Secret Service, also bigger than this year’s Transformers: The Last Knight and of The Fate of The Furious. A China release is scheduled for October 20. In the U.S., Kingsman scored $17 million and came in nearly perfectly tied for second (with Tom Cruise’s American Made).
It, in the meantime, keeps scaring audiences worldwide. On the domestic market a very close three-way race ended in victory for the horror phenomenon with $17.3 million, for a cumulative total of $291.2 million in the U.S. and Canada. Overseas, the Stephen King adaptation about a group of kids terrorized by an evil clown called Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) fell just 7% and added another $35.6M in the third frame, rising to a $262 million overseas tally and $553 million worldwide. Germany’s debut produced a very healthy $11.6 million.
Second place overall on the global chart with $46.6 million went to Chinese comedy Never Say Die, as it enjoyed a three day holiday weekend boost. Still in the PRC, Chinese-American coproduction The Foreigner, starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan, took second locally and fourth on the combined chart with $22.1 million. Chan plays a mild mannered London based businessman who’s dodgy past comes back to haut him when his daughter is murdered in a politically motivated attack. Seeking revenge, he finds himself in conflict with a British official, played by Brosnan.
Back on the domestic front, new release American Made, starring Tom Cruise, opened with $17 million, and it still remains to be seen whether it came in second or third. Cruise acts out the true story of Barry Seal, a cocaine air smuggler who was contracted by the CIA and unwittingly became a player in the Iran-Contra affair. American Made has already been in foreign theaters since mid-august, where it has earned $64.7 million. As a test of Tom Cruise’s star power, the results have been mixed, but with strong reviews and a B+ Cinemascore American Made could have a long run
Continuing down the domestic chart, Warner Bros’ The Lego Ninjago Movie earned $12 million, taking fourth place in its second week. Ninjago added $10.6 million overseas, taking its worldwide cume to $58.2 million.
Next down the list is Sony and Cross Creek’s remake of Joel Schumacher’s 1990 cult film, Flatliners: the updated version is directed by Niels Arden Oplev and stars Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev and Kiefer Sutherland. $3.2 million was good enough to open in fifth place but a B- Cinemascore and never before seen 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes will make it tough for this film to keep its footing over the coming weeks.
The coming frame has Blade Runner 2049 opening in the U.S. market, with Ryan Gosling at the center of the story and Harrison Ford showing up again as LAPD officer Rick Deckard. It’ll be up against the My Little Pony Movie and survival pic The Mountain Between Us, starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba. On the specialty market, blue collar family drama The Florida Project , starring Willem Defoe, goes into limited release.