NEW YORK — The R-rated spy comedy Kingsman: The Golden Circle has taken over the top spot at the box office with an estimated $39 million debut.
The second installment pushed the Stephen King sensation It into second place in its third week of release. 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.
The unexpectedly strong performance of It may have slightly hurt the opening of the Kingsman sequel.
The Lego Movie spinoff The Lego Ninjago Movie, was further off expectations, making its debut in third with $21.2 million. It was the second Lego Movie spinoff of the year, following February's The Lego Batman Movie.
Rounding out the top five: Dylan O'Brien's American Assassin, adapted from the Vince Flynn book, finished fourth with $6.3 million and Reese Witherspoon rom-com Home Again fell to fifth with $3.3 million.
Final numbers are expected Monday.
Contributing: Kim Willis