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Box Office: Tom Cruise, ‘Kingsman’ Sequel, ‘It’ Battle for Top Spot, ‘Flatliners’ Flatlines

Universal’s Tom Cruise actioner “American Made,” Fox’s “Kingsman: the Golden Circle” and New Line’s “It” are all battling for the top spot at this weekend’s North American box office.

Estimates showed Saturday that all three movies were heading for around $16.5 million for the Friday-Sunday period amid moderate overall business. Sony’s reboot of “Flatliners” showed little life in its launch with $6 million at 2,552 locations, coming in below what were already modest expectations.

The opening of “American Made” is performing slightly above expectations, which had been in the $13 million to $15 million range earlier in the week. The biopic, playing at 3,023 North American locations, stars Cruise as pilot Barry Seal, who was recruited by the CIA to help take down the South America drug cartel after being arrested for smuggling in the 1980s.

“American Made” has received the strongest critical support for a recent Cruise title with a current 87% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Financed by Cross Creek Pictures with an estimated $50 million budget, the film generated $60 million internationally as it launched last weekend in 57 territories in a performance that underlined Cruise’s strong appeal outside the United States.

The second weekend of spy comedy sequel “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” had been pegged Friday to repeat as the box office winner with about $18 million but Saturday’s estimates placed it slightly lower. The spy comedy sequel should wind up the weekend around $66 million in its first 10 days.

New Line’s fourth weekend of horror blockbuster “It” — which has revitalized movigoing during September — remained a powerful player at multiplexes as it drew $4.9 million at 3,917 venues on Friday, its 22nd day. “It” is already the fifth highest grosser of 2017, trailing only “Beauty and the Beast,” “Wonder Woman,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

Warner Bros.’ second weekend of animated comedy “The Lego Movie: Ninjago” was heading for fourth place with $11.8 million at 4,047 locations. The CGI sequel, currently the only entry for the family demographic, will finish the frame with more than $35 million in its first 10 days.

Flatliners” followed in fifth as the updated version of the 1990 Kiefer Sutherland-Julia Roberts horror film drew no support from critics, ranking 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. “Flatliners,” which carries a modest $19 million price tag, stars Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, and Kiersey Clemons as medical students attempting to create near-death experiences. It’s also financed by Cross Creek.

Fox Searchlight’s expanded run of “Battle of the Sexes” showed little spark in sixth with $3.9 million at 1,213 venues, a week after opening solidly with $515,450 at 21 locations. “Battle,” starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, revisits the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. It’s received strong critical support with an 85% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Lionsgate-CBS Films’ third weekend of “American Assassin” followed in seventh with $3.2 million at 3,020 sites and should finish the weekend with more than $31 million in its first 17 days.

 

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