'The Golden Circle' outperforms its 'Kingsman' predecessor with $39 million debut


Kingsman: The Golden Circle ran circles around the competition this weekend, easily snagging the number one spot with a $39 million debut. That’s a step up from the $36.2 million opening of its predecessor, 2015’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, which went on to earn $128.2 million domestically and $286 million internationally for a $414.3 million worldwide gross. Things might not go quite so well for The Golden Circle in the long run—for one thing, The Secret Service enjoyed a quite modest week-to-week drop, which we’ll have to see if The Golden Circle replicates—but all the same it was quite a good weekend for distributor 20th Century Fox.

Warner Bros., on the other hand, probably won’t be breaking out the bubbly, as their The LEGO Ninjago Movie underperformed to the tune of a $21.2 million opening, putting it in third place behind third-weekend holdover It (weekend gross $30 million, total gross $266.3 million). That gives LEGO Ninjago by far the worst opening of the LEGO franchise so far, lagging far behind The LEGO Batman Movie ($53 million) and The LEGO Movie ($69 million). That said, this could be just a minor speedbump for the series. LEGO Ninjago, based as it is on a toy line and TV show that’s mostly known to kids, was always geared towards a much narrower demographic than its predecessors. And given the Ninjago line’s popularity among children, this is exactly the sort of film that could do really well on home video. Regardless, Warner Bros. already has two additional LEGO films in the works: The Billion Brick Race and a sequel to The LEGO Movie.

Rounding out the top five we have two holdovers: fifth place finisher Home Again (weekend gross $3.3 million, total gross $22.3 million), which is enjoying a pretty solid week-to-week hold, and fourth place finisher American Assassin (weekend gross $6.2 million, total gross $26.1 million), which... isn’t. That 57.9% second weekend drop doesn’t bode particularly well for the future of the Mitch Rapp franchise.

You have to go all the way down to spot number seven to find the weekend’s final wide release: new distributor Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures’ Friend Request, opening to $2.4 million on 2,573 screens for a per-theatre average of only $933. The PTA crown went, appropriately, to a film about a queen: Victoria & Abdul, which opened to $152,000 on four screens. The Focus Features release will expand to 75 screens next weekend.

Also going the limited-to-wide route is Battle of the Sexes, which opened in 21 theatres ($525,000) this weekend in advance of an expansion to some 1,100 screens next weekend. Stronger, like Battle of the Sexes coming off a positive reception on the festival circuit, bowed on 574 screens to $1.7 million for a ninth-place finish. Like Battle of the Sexes and Victoria & Abdul, it will expand its theatre count next weekend.

Also out in limited release were Loving Vincent ($24,304), Unrest ($10,700) and Bobbi Jene ($7,500), all on a single screen.