Box Office: ‘It: Chapter Two’ Continues International Reign With $47 Million

Pennywise’s reign of terror hasn’t wavered: Warner Bros.’ “It Chapter Two” maintained first place on box office charts, led by another strong showing overseas. The sequel, based on Stephen King’s horror novel, generated another $47 million at the international box office for a foreign tally of $169 million.

After two weeks of release, “It Chapter Two” has collected $323.3 million worldwide. Between 2017’s “It” and this year’s follow-up, both of which were directed by Andy Muschietti, the franchise has now crossed the $1 billion benchmark at the global box office. The sequel stars Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader and Isaiah Mustafa, while Bill Skarsgard returned to portray the terrifying demonic clown known as Pennywise.

It: Chapter Two” opened this weekend in France with $4.7 million. Among holdovers, the movie had a solid outing in Germany with $4.2 million, the United Kingdom with $3.9 million and Mexico with $3.3 million.

Focus Features’ “Downton Abbey” generated $11.7 million when it opened in 17 overseas territories ahead of its Sept. 20 domestic debut. The British period drama, continuing the saga of the Crawley family from the popular TV series, had an expectedly promising start in the U.K. with $6.3 million. Other top markets include Australia with $2.2 million, the Netherlands with $700,000 and Finland with $600,000.

Another newcomer, Warner Bros.’ “The Goldfinch” began its staggered international rollout with a meager $985,000 from 12 territories. The drama, adapted from Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, didn’t have a much better start in the States, where it flopped with $2.6 million. The movie — starring Ansel Elgort — debuts next in France.

Meanwhile, STX’s “Hustlers” collected $4.46 million from 16 foreign markets. The R-rated heist drama kicked off with a sizable $33.2 million in North America for a global start of $37.69 million. Directed by Lorene Scafaria, “Hustlers” is based on Jessica Pressler’s 2015 New York magazine article about a group of strippers who turn the tables on their wealthy Wall Street clientele after the 2008 recession hits. Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Lili Reinhart and Keke Palmer round out the cast.

Elsewhere, Universal’s “Hobbs & Shaw” drove another $8.1 million in ticket sales for an international haul of $572.6 million. The “Fast & Furious” spinoff has made $740 million to date, thanks to huge ticket sales in China. Though sales have stalled, “Hobbs & Shaw” is nearing the $200 million mark in the Middle Kingdom.

More Film

  • Chuat Reymond

    Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond on Berlin’s ‘My Little Sister’

    Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond’s “My Little Sister” (“Schwesterlein”) premiered at the Berlin Film Festival on Tuesday to strong critical and audience receptions, with particular praise heaped on lead actors Nina Hoss and Lars Eidinger. Both working actors themselves, Chuat and Reymond wrote what they know with “My Little Sister,” a film that kicks off [...]

  • Miriam Haley and Tarale Wulff

    Women Who Testified in Harvey Weinstein Trial Slam His Lawyers for 'Victim Blaming' 

    Six women testified during the Harvey Weinstein rape trial, and now that the former movie mogul was found guilty of two felony charges, those women are speaking out with newfound freedom. Miriam Haley, who was assaulted by Weinstein in 2006, resulting in him being convicted of a criminal sex act (which carries a maximum sentence [...]

  • E. L. James

    Movie Rights to 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Author's 'The Mister' Land at Universal (EXCLUSIVE)

    Following the massive success of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy, Universal and author E. L. James are reteaming on the scribe’s next novel as the studio has optioned the rights to “The Mister,” James’ 2019 best-selling romance. Rights for the book, which recently hit the market, sparked a heated bidding war. James, who produced [...]

  • Bad Tales

    'Bad Tales': Film Review

    At a surprise party for his daughter, a randy Italian homeowner studies a neighbor’s wife through the sliding glass door and describes all the ways he’d like to violate her. In the bathroom, his 14-year-old son sits with his best friend, studying the hardcore porn sites listed in the browsing history of dad’s cell phone. [...]

  • Charlatan

    FAME Unveils New Slate, Celebrates 20th Anniversary in Berlin with 'Charlatan,' 'Servants' (EXCLUSIVE)

    U.K.-Irish production company Film and Music Entertainment (FAME), in Berlin with Agnieszka Holland’s “Charlatan” and Ivan Ostrochovsky’s “Servants,” has unveiled five new film projects from its Irish division, including new films by Georgian helmer Marian Khatchvani and Albanian director Fatmir Koci. “Charlatan,” which FAME co-produced with Prague-based Marlene Film Production and Kevan Van Thompson (“Jojo [...]

  • Brazil's Fenix Films Expands Into International

    Brazil's Fenix Films Expands into International Co-Productions

    Brazilian distributor Fenix Films is moving into co-productions with three projects, including two international projects, one featuring Vincent Cassel and the other Berlin Silver Bear winner Paulina García. Fenix Films’ first international co-production, “Baden Powell,” is a documentary about Baden Powell, considered by some to be the greatest Brazilian guitarist of all time. Directed by [...]

  • LeBron James

    LeBron James’ SpringHill Entertainment Seeking Big New Overall Content Deal (EXCLUSIVE)

    LeBron James is looking for a slam dunk of a new overall deal for his content company SpringHill Entertainment, insiders familiar with the talks told Variety. Thanks to a wide field of potential suitors, the production entity is currently considering separate deals in film and television at different studios, sources said. Disney Television Studios, Universal [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content