Lawrence Kim
September 11, 2019

"It: Chapter Two" fell short of its predecessor over the weekend at the United States box office, but that doesn't spell defeat for the sequel.

Trailing only its predecessor that debuted to a record US$123.4 million in September 2017, the launch of It: Chapter Two is the second-highest opening for a horror film and for the month of September which, before It, was not a strong month for blockbusters. The problem? Director Andy Muschietti has now effectively exhausted the franchise's source material, Stephen King's 1986 novel It, and its decades-spanning battle between the Losers Club and Pennywise.

It has been a disgusting year so far at the North American box office, but horror king Stephen King may just help banish the fears for the rest of 2019.

Third place belonged to the R-rated comedy Good Boys, earning an estimated $5.4 million in its fourth week of release. It's now grossed $529.1 million stateside and added an estimated $13.4 million internationally, for a global tally just shy of $1.6 billion. After two weeks at the top, Angel Has Fallen (has fallen) dropped to second place taking $6 million for its third frame with a domestic total of $53 million. Good Boys slipped to third adding $5.3 million to its haul; the Seth Rogan produced comedy has now notched up more than $66 million from U.S. audiences. Dropping one place to fourth, The Lion King has made nearly $1.6 billion globally and will have no problem holding the title of the second-biggest movie of the year. The Lion King, $4.2 million5. Overcomer, $3.75 million6. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, $3.7 million7.

The only film to enter the Top 10 for the first time was The Peanut Butter Falcon, at No.7. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, $2.275 million9.

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