The movie made about $ 33 million at the North American box office this weekend. That was enough to give the film a No.2 spot, but more important than the box office rankings, Hustler exceeded the industry's expectations and budget. He is projected to make about $ 25 million, according to the studio of the movie STXfilms. His production budget was only $ 20 million.
The movie, which stars Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu as strippers working together for Wall Street brokers, has been buzzing since it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month. The movie has an 88% rating on the Rotten Tomatoes review site. According to the studio, the movie's audience was 67% female this weekend.
Hustlers is the biggest live opening for Lopez, according to Comscore. (Lopez's voice work in the animated films "Home" and "Ice Age: Continental Drift" had bigger openings.) Some critics say Lopez's performance could also win awards at the Golden Globes and Oscars. She is also the producer of the film.
The movie is the best opening for STX Entertainment since the studio launched less than five years ago.
The strong performance of the film is also a great victory for the original box office films. While superheroes and sequels dominated the ticket booth, original hit films ̵
1; especially R-rated originals – have been in short supply this year.
It: Chapter Two, which ranked No. 1, estimated $ 40.7 million in its second weekend. The Warner Bros. horror film based on Stephen King's bestselling book has so far made $ 323 million worldwide.
Warner Bros., which is owned by WarnerMedia as CNN, may have won the weekend with "It: Chapter 2nd," but its latest movie, "The Golden Chin", pops into the box office.
The film, based on the 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer, made just $ 2.6 million. The Golden Finn, featuring Ansel Elgort and Nicole Kidman, was widely criticized. The movie has a 25% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
The US box office, which is up nearly 6% from last year, has been stable since late summer. The rest of the year shows a lot of promise with potential hits, including The Joker, Frozen 2 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker still on the horizon.