Initial Reaction: Video Review - AMERICAN MADE

It's the last weekend in September and while the month may have started out rather slow it ends up being a record one as, overall, this weekend helped contribute to a massive September at the box office. Led by the new adaptation of Stephen King's IT, which delivered over 40% of the month's record $694.9 million total. This tops the previous September record that was set just two years ago in September of 2015 by almost $70 million. This final weekend of September was of some note though due to the fact it was a three-way race for first place as IT continued to perform well in its third week of release while Kingsman: The Golden Circle made a strong sophomore showing and the biggest new release of the weekend in Tom Cruise's American Made all battled it out for the top spot. As the dust settled though, the box office would see Kingsman once again take the number one spot with $16.94 million, followed closely by IT with $16.9 million, a mere $ 33,123 separating the number one and number two spots while American Made came in close behind in third with a $16.7 million debut, which might seem soft, but considering that internationally, American Made has already grossed $64.7 million since opening in late August, which includes an additional $3.8 million this weekend, and a likely domestic run of around $55 million-that's not too shabby for a straight drama that's biggest selling point was it's movie star and only cost the studio $55 million. Elsewhere in the top five, The LEGO Ninjago Movie dropped 41.3% in its second weekend for an estimated $12 million. This third LEGO film now stands at only $35.5 million domestically and with an international pull of just $22.7 million this weekend and a global cume of $58 million it looks as if these LEGO movies are going to have to rely on more than just the brand itself to be successful. Finally, rounding out the top five is Sony's Flatliners, a $19 million remake of the 1990 film that starred Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts, Billy Baldwin, and Oliver Platt and now stars Ellen Page, Nina Dobrev, Diego Luna, Kiersey Clemons, James Norton, and Sutherland once again (but as a different character). The remake struggled to break-out delivering only an estimated $6.7 million three-day total or more than $3 million shy of the now twenty-seven year-old original. As always, be sure to follow the official Initial Reaction YouTube channel as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter where you can find a new review (or reviews) each week!

Read my full American Made review here.

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