According to Sunday estimates, horror blockbuster Itnarrowly beat Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Doug Liman's new film American Made — starring Tom Cruise — with $17.3 million, compared to an estimated $17 million for the other two films.
The official order won't be determined until Monday morning when final weekend grosses are tallied. Some rival studios show New Line Cinema and Warner Bros.' It and Fox's Kingsman tying with $17 million each, and Universal's American Made coming in slightly behind.
Either way, It remains a phenomenon in its fourth weekend, ending Sunday with a domestic haul of $291 million. Overseas, it took in $35.6 million from 64 markets for $262 million abroad and $533.2 million globally. The film is responsible for fueling record September revenue after a brutal August.
British filmmaker Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman sequel beat It overseas with $50 million from 77 markets for a 12-day worldwide total of $192.7 million, including $66.7 million in North America.
American Made marks a modest opening for Cruise, who has had a mixed record at the domestic box office. In the film, the actor portrays Barry Seal, the real-life TWA pilot who smuggled cocaine for the Medellin Cartel in the 1980s before turning CIA informant. Universal, which is handling American Made, is counting on the movie having a long run, thanks to strong reviews (audiences were less impressed, giving it a B+ CinemaScore). Overseas, where Cruise's star power is brighter, American Made has already earned $64.7 million for a global cume of $81.7 million.