‘IT Chapter Two’ scares up $91 million to top N.America box office

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 26, 2019 posters are shown on the red carpet ahead of the World premiere of “It Chapter Two” at the Regency Village theatre in Westwood, California. – Pennywise, the murderous clown who lurks in sewers and feasts on terrified children, is perhaps the most evil creation to ever emerge from the warped mind of Stephen King. But the director of the record-breaking, two-part film adaptation of “It” has controversially claimed that King’s horrifying invention shares a lot in common with a real-life figure — President Donald Trump. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Proving again the lure of a good scare, the Stephen King-inspired film “IT Chapter Two” took in $91 million this weekend to top the North American box office, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.

That three-day estimate fell below the original “It,” with its frighteningly impressive $123 million opening in 2017. But the two films now rank as the top two horror openings ever, according to Variety.

“IT Chapter Two” stars Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Isaiah Mustafa and Bill Hader as the grown-up versions of the kids who battled the terrifying, shape-shifting clown Pennywise 27 years earlier — and now must do it again.

There were no other new releases in the top 10, and the box office lineup, in what has been a slow year for cinema, was little changed from last weekend.

Slipping one spot to second — and miles behind “IT Chapter Two” — was Lionsgate’s political thriller “Angel Has Fallen,” which earned $6 million. Gerard Butler stars as a Secret Service agent wrongly accused of attempting to kill the US president (Morgan Freeman).

In third, also down one spot, was Universal’s raunchy tween comedy “Good Boys,” at $5.4 million.

Disney’s updated “The Lion King” also slipped one spot, to fourth, at $4.2 million. Displaying a steady appeal even in its eighth week out, it has earned more than $1.6 billion worldwide.

Holding steady in fifth place was Sony’s “Overcomer,” at $3.8 million. The Christian-themed movie tells the story of a coach who reluctantly agrees to train an asthmatic orphan girl for a big cross-country meet.

Rounding out the weekend’s top 10 were:

“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” ($3.7 million)

“The Peanut Butter Falcon” ($2.3 million)

“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” ($2.3 million)

“Ready or Not” ($2.2 million)

“Dora & the Lost City of Gold” ($2.2 million)

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