'Hustlers' Posts Record-Breaking Debut To Go Along With Its Oscar Buzz

"Hustlers" gives Jennifer Lopez the best box office debut of her career and perhaps her best reviewed movie role.
Posted at 10:02 PM, Sep 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-16 09:56:57-04

Taking the No. 1 spot for the second weekend in a row is "It: Chapter Two" bringing in an estimated 40.7 million. As of right now, "It: Chapter Two" is well behind its predecessor in box office performance and will likely stay that way but by all other measures this is a hit horror flick. 

After just two weekends in theaters, "It: Chapter Two" has made its way into the top ten list for R-Rated horror movies at the box office. 

Falling between 2018's "Halloween" and the classic found-footage film "The Blair Witch Project." 

Not only that, but between "It" and "It: Chapter Two" Warner Bros. has roped in more than a billion dollars in worldwide ticket sales. 

Taking the No. 2 spot this week with a particularly impressive debut is "Hustlers" bringing in an estimated $33 million in its first weekend out. That's the best live action movie debut for both Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu. 

It also replaced "Bad Moms" as the best box office debut of STX Entertainment's relatively short history.  

Since 2015, STX Entertainment has been trying to carve itself a place in the film industry with adult-focused mid-budget movies like "Molly's Game" "The Upside" and now "Hustlers"

And while the small studio has had some successes in the past, "Hustlers" has a chance to be the true breakout hit STX has been waiting on. 

"Hustlers" carries an 88% on the tomatometer and has even garnered some Oscar buzz for J. Lo. With so much positive buzz surrounding this film, analysts expect it to have a strong sophomore weekend. 

Last but not least this week is Gerard Butler's "Angel Has Fallen" bringing in an estimated $4 million in its fourth weekend out. 

As for next week, Brad Pitt but this time — he's in space.