But thanks to a diverse bumper crop of films and strong holdovers — versus a Goliath like It — September 2018 managed to hit near-record levels, with total ticket sales clocking in at $660 million, according to comScore. That’s down just 6 percent from the $699 million collected in September 2017 (the third best September was in 2015 with $616 million).
The strength of early Fall has continued to bolster the overall gain at the yearly box office, with revenue up 8.4 percent over the first nine months of 2017, and 3.5 percent ahead of 2016. At this rate, 2018 could ultimately eclipse the record $11.4 billion earned in 2016 at the domestic box office.
Stats for the September international box office aren’t yet available, but foreign revenue for the year is running about 5 percent head of 2017.
Leading the September assault was New Line and Warner Bros.’ The Nun, which has earned $109 million since its Sept. 7 debut, becoming only the second September title behind It to cross the $100 million mark in the calendar month, not adjusted for inflation. Globally, the film has amassed $330 million, the biggest showing ever for any title in the Conjuring universe.
Next up in terms of biggest September domestic performers is Jon M. Chu and Warner Bros.’ hit rom-com Crazy Rich Asians, which debuted in mid-August and collected $71 million in September (its domestic total is $165.7 million). Never before has an August title done such big business in September.