Box Office: September 13-15

While there may be something to the month of September where it’s got interesting films but is generally quiet, it’s definitely better than the dumping ground that August has been turned into over the years. The arrival of It Chapter 2 has it holding onto the top spot with a nearly $41 million take, down about 55% from its debut. Add in another $47 million overseas for the weekend and we’re now at a worldwide of $323 million for the project. And this helps it with the first film to cross the $1 billion mark.

Hustlers, with some strong critical and word of mouth coming out for it, landed in second place with a $33 million take. STX Entertainment hasn’t been around long but this is their biggest debut yet, topping the nearly $24 million debut for Bad Moms a few years ago. It’ll likely inject a bit more energy into similar projects and creative approaches as well. It’s also the best debut for a Jennifer Lopez film, though it makes me want to go back and watch Out of Sight again.

After that, the drop is significant as the next film is Angel has Fallen in third at $4.4 million. And everything else is lower than that, including the debut of The Goldfinch at just $2.6 million for eighth place.

Oof. Such is September, however.

This coming week has a few new things to shake up the chart a bit. Fox drops Ad Astra in 3,400 screens for some serious SF material. Focus Features is hoping their advanced look will help Downton Abbey do well in its 3,000 screen drop, and Lionsgate is looking to get older audiences out to see Rambo: Last Blood. In limited release, Cohen Media Group has Britt-Marie Was Here, HOB goes for Diego Maradona, Well Go USA brings out both Midnight Diner and Tazza: One-Eyed Jack, while Sony Classics has the Where’s My Roy Cohn? documentary. Finally, FIP brings The Zoya Factor to 100 screens.