Stephen King's "It" tops North American box office for second weekend

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Warner/New Line's IT had another fantastic session while American Assassin targeted mild numbers and mother! only added to the multiplex woes that continue to haunt Paramount Pictures. The R-rated feature film adaptation of Stephen King's bestselling creepy clown novel rang up $60 million domestically over its second weekend in release.

IT is also taking a serious bite out of the worldwide box office as well. The movie also continues to break records overseas, earning 60.3 million US dollars in 56 markets.

Record-setting horror film "It" continued its winning ways over the weekend, accounting for almost three times the combined ticket sales of the next two films in North American theaters, industry websites reported Monday. That title is now held by 1973's The Exorcist, which has a lifetime unadjusted gross of $232.9 million. In today's dollars, The Exorcist's lifetime total is $917 million, a number IT will not come close to no matter how well it holds up at the box office.

"American Assassin" and "mother!", the weekend's major new releases, respectively follow at #2 and #3. Internationally, the film opened in 10 additional markets and earned $60.3 million from 15,375 screens in 56 markets.

It stars newcomer Dylan O'Brien and Michael Keaton in an adventure flick based on a Vince Flynn 2010 novel of the same name. "Mother!" was written and directed by Darren Aronofsky, and the film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Ed Harris. Aronofsky earned critical acclaim for earlier films including "The Wrestler" and "Black Swan".

"Home Again" falls two places to #4 with $5.3 million (cume now $17.1 million), while "The Hitman's Bodyguard" drops two spots to #5 with $3.6 million ($70.4 million). A $27 million final gross is possible.

Lionsgate's action comedy film "The Hitman's Bodyguard" dropped to the fifth place with an estimated 3.55 million USA dollars in its fifth weekend. The action-comedy has been in theaters for five-weeks now, and has grossed over $70M domestically.

Next weekend brings the debuts of Warner's animated The LEO Ninjago Movie, the Fox sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle and the low-budget horror flick Friend Request.

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