The highly anticipated girl-bosses of the night-life scandalous film has finally hit theaters. All the hype and high profile celebrity faces like Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu, still didn’t top Pennywise the Clown – but it came pretty dang close. IT: Chapter 2 still holds the Box Office #1 while Hustlers coming up on the pole with #2.
IT: Chapter 2 brought in $40.7 million it’s second week in theaters and on Sunday earned a total of $153.8 million according to studio estimates. Still, not beating the original IT that earned over $200 million around this same time 2 years ago.
Hustlers oozed stellar reviews, film-festival buzz, Oscar talk for Jennifer Lopez and Tom Hanks praise. The film earned $33.2 million for STX Entertainment, coming in second place on the box office after IT:Chapter Two.
Both films list records under their titles. IT being biggest September release ever and Hustlers becoming the biggest opening ever for a live-action Lopez film.
The film dazzled the box office as it surpassed the $8 million expectation. Props have to be given to this film considering the time of “sequel, reboot, recycle “era we’re going through. Hustlers is new, new! No remake, No redo – unlike IT and many of the other box office tops this year.
“This is exactly the kind of movie that every studio dreams of producing, because it’s going to be profitable, prestigious and a long-term performer,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore. “A lot of original type movies that are non-franchise non-sequels, many of them have had a rough go this year. This is a nice counter-balance to that.”
The movie was said to be less of a “stripper” jump off and more of an action-pack-“Wolf of Wall Street” watch. That’s a pretty prestigious comparison. The film was underestimated even after all the ravings, predicting only $25 million opening weekend. But numbers show plenty more admit one tickets than that.
STX Motion Picture Group Chairman Adam Fogelson commented:
“It definitely skewed female as we always expected, but it was very diverse as far as ethnic groups, and it brought in a broad range of ages for an R-rated film,”
Hustlers will most likely see rising numbers throughout the month as those who couldn’t make it for opening night probably have Hustlers on their ‘To See’ list. I mean, Keke Palmer in the club, give em $20 dollars!
Here’s what’s going down in the Box Office currently :
1. It: Chapter Two$40.7 million.
2. Hustlers $33.2 million.
3. Angel Has Fallen $4.4 million.
4. Good Boys $4.3 million.
5. The Lion King $3.6 million.
6. Fast & Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw $2.8 million.
7. Overcomer $2.7 million.
8. The Goldfinch $2.6 million.
9. The Peanut Butter Falcon $1.9 million.
10. Dora and the Lost City of Gold $1.85 million.