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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ tops US box office

The 20th Century Fox release opened with a weekend-leading $39 million debut

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Taron Egerton in “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.” MUST CREDIT: Twentieth Century Fox

The R-rated spy comedy Kingsman: The Golden Circle displaced the horror sensation It as the No 1 film in North America, while the second Lego Movie spin-off of the year didn’t assemble the expected audience.

The 20th Century Fox release opened with a weekend-leading $39 million (Dh143.21 million) debut, according to studio estimates on Sunday. But It still continues to pull in record crowds. With $30 million over the weekend, It is now the highest-grossing horror film of all time, not accounting for inflation, with $266.3 million thus far. (1973’s The Exorcist grossed $232.9 million domestically, or more than $1 billion in 2017 dollars.)

Twentieth Century Fox’s Kingsman sequel sought to expand on the 2015 original’s $36.2 million opening, and its $414 million worldwide take. Matthew Vaughn’s sequel returned stars Taron Egerton and Colin Firth, while adding Channing Tatum, Halle Berry and others. Made more for audiences than critics, reviews for the gleefully distasteful spy romp were poor, at 51 per cent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Fox could celebrate an uptick the second time around, albeit a small one. The Golden Circle also debuted with $61 million overseas, giving it a $100 million global weekend. Vaughn is planning a third Kingsman film.