Box Office: ‘It’ Will Float Past ‘American Assassin,’ ‘Mother!’ With Impressive Second Weekend

Box Office: 'It' Dominating 'Assassin,' 'Mother'

It” can’t be stopped at the domestic box office, dominating with a second weekend of at least $50 million at 4,103 sites, early estimates showed Friday.

Action-thriller “American Assassin” is heading for a distant second place finish with an opening weekend of about $16 million at 3,154 locations, slightly above expectations. Jennifer Lawrence’s horror film “Mother!” should match forecasts and take in about $11 million at 2,368 venues to finish third.

Warner Bros. and New Line are adhering to a $50 million estimate for the weekend for “It,” which means “It” will join 44 other movies that have generated that much in their second weekends. More bullish estimates Friday placed the blockbuster in the $55 million to $60 million range. If “It” makes it to $60 million, it will become the 21st movie to reach that mark in its second weekend.


American Assassin

Box Office: ‘American Assassin’ Outshoots ‘Mother!’ on Thursday Night

“It” will wind up on Sunday with a sensational 10-day total of at least $210 million. On Thursday, “It” took in $7.2 million at 4,103 sites, setting a record for a horror film on that day of the week, for a first-week gross of $158.7 million.

“American Assassin,” a joint production between CBS Films and Lionsgate, is an adaptation of Vince Flynn’s 2010 novel of the same name, starring Dylan O’Brien as a CIA black ops recruit trained by a Cold War veteran played by Michael Keaton.

Paramount’s enigmatic horror-thriller “Mother!” is opening in the wake of screenings at the Venice and Toronto film festivals. “Mother!,” helmed by Darren Aronofsky, is a low-risk proposition with a $33 million price tag. The story involves a married couple, portrayed by Lawrence and Javier Bardem, dealing with two strangers — played by Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer — at their tranquil country home.

But the power of “It” may have dimmed prospects for “Mother!” Paramount decided in July to move the “Mother!” release date forward by a month from Oct. 13 but did not offer any explanation at the time.

“Paramount’s decision to move ‘Mother!’ to the week after the debut of ‘It’ from an original date that put it head-to-head with Blumhouse’s ‘Happy Death Day’ was a bit of a ‘pick your poison’ kind of scenario…either way, they were going to have to deal with competition from another film in the horror category,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore.

“The good news is that ‘Mother!’ is a decidedly different, more of an art-house type of horror entry,” he added. “A film shrouded in mystery and playing to an older crowd allows ‘Mother!’ to play to its strengths including a strong talent pedigree in front of and behind the camera and as such was never pre-destined to have the kind of across-the-board appeal of ‘It.'”

Year-to-date total domestic box office has hit $7.8 billion as of Sept. 13, 5.5% behind the same point last year, according to comScore. The percentage decline had been at 6.5% before “It” opened.

Critical support for “It” has been stellar, earning the film an 85% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while “Mother!” has generated a solid 74% score, and “American Assassin” has a disappointing 41% rating.

Online ticketing service Fandango reported that, as of Thursday, second-week sales for “It” are the best the company has seen for any horror movie, and nearly double the second frame receipts of the next closest horror title, “Get Out.”

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  5. MovieBabble says:

    I think mother! will undoubtedly bring in audience members that are intrigued by its marketing material only to then have a large chunk of people walk away hating it because they were mislead. I didn’t really care for the film myself (although I had a good feelin of what I was walking into), but the trailers that are cutting this movie together to look like Rosemary’s Baby or some other psychological horror film are just doing a disservice to audiences that don’t know better.

  6. Anna says:

    Mother is true to its name as the Mother of All Crap Movies

    • Mother is a wild acid trip of a movie that pulls you in on the simplest of premises that eventually gives a metaphorical telling of our history, the horror of being blinded by adulation and our destructive tendencies to mess up our planet. It’s brilliant in construction and execution and a messy masterpiece by a truly creative filmmaker.

  7. Cass says:

    I’m not a horror movie fan, but I am a fan of action movies and I watched an early showing of American Assassin and wow, it’s such a great film. The casting was phenomenal… Keaton, O’Brien, Kitsch, Lathan & Negar were all great. Keaton had some strong scenes with Kitsch and O’Brien. O’Brien IS Mitch Rapp, he embodied the character so effortlessly and Kitsch was an amazing villain.

  8. harry georgatos says:

    MOTHER is an art house experimental film festival film and not for the mainstream. If it makes money it is due to Jennifer lawrence star power.

  9. Asterisk says:

    Mother is a huge bomb. Just call it as it is. A friggin’ bomb for Jennifer Lawrence.

    • Jacen says:

      Mmm, no. The modest budget ($33mil, as reported above) assures that it won’t lose enough money to be a bomb. Actually, it will probably do enough stateside (30-40mil total) and worldwide (equal to or more than the US total) to break even or perhaps turn a small profit.

      • Box office mojo for Mother! Domestic Total Estimate as of Sep. 17, 2017: $7,500,000 Fri $3,1000,000 Sat $2,750,00 Sun $1,650,00. You consider that Saturday is usually the biggest day for a modest low budget movie. The opening weekend is usually at least a third of the total box office Mother! if the numbers hold will be lucky to have a total Domestic box office of 21-22 Million total losing 8-9 million not counting advertising and considering it takes $3 for every $1 spent to break even counting 50% will go to the theaters showing the movie that alone would mean $60 million at the box office not counting taxes. The Foreign markets usually take 70% and an extra licensing fee to show in each country. So yes it Bombed They will be lucky if only a $20 loss is accrued.

      • Ellie says:

        Agree that it will break even at least, but still think it contributes to the idea that JL can’t open a movie based on her presence alone. Then again, it’s been a long time since anyone could.

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