American Made, starring Tom Cruise, won on Friday with an estimated $6.1 million from 3,024 theaters for a projected $16.5 million weekend, on par with the forecast for Kingsman and It.
Kingsman: Golden Circle, from 20th Century Fox, had been widely expected to win the frame with $20 million or more.
The weekend’s other new nationwide offering, Sony’s horror remake Flatliners, appears DOA and may not crack $6 million in its opening. Prerelease tracking had suggested the R-rated pic would clear $10 million.
Cross Creek Pictures financed and produced both American Made and Flatliners.
Elsewhere, Fox Searchlight’s awards contender Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, is rolling out nationwide after launching in 21 cinemas last weekend. The film is pacing to gross $3 million-$5 million as it expands into a total of 1,213 theaters.