'It: Chapter Two' wins North American box office for second-straight weekend

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This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows, from left, Bill Hader, Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, James Ransone, Isaiah Mustafa and Jay Ryan in New Line Cinema’s horror thriller "It: Chapter 2." (Photo: AP)

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- Warner Bros. and New Line's "It: Chapter Two" maintained its reign in North America, adding 40.73 million US dollars during its second weekend of release.

The supernatural horror film has collected 153.8 million dollars through Sunday in North America for a global cume of 323.3 million dollars, according to studio figures collected by measurement firm Comscore.

The film is the sequel to the 2017's "It," based on the novel of the same name by American best-selling writer Stephen King.

The evil clown Pennywise returns 27 years after the events depicted in the first installment to torment the grown-up members of the Losers' Club, who have long since drifted apart from one another.

Directed by Andy Muschietti, it stars Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, and Andy Bean, among others.

STX's crime drama film "Hustlers" opened in second place with a stellar 33.23 million dollars. Inspired by New York magazine's 2015 article "The Hustlers at Scores" and directed by Lorene Scafaria, the film follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.

Lionsgate and Millennium's action film "Angel Has Fallen" moved to third place with 4.4 million dollars in its fourth weekend, pushing its North American total to 60.38 million dollars.

"Angel Has Fallen" is the third chapter in the Fallen film series, following 2013's "Olympus Has Fallen" and 2016's "London Has Fallen." Directed by Ric Roman Waugh, starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman in the lead roles, the film follows a US Secret Service Agent who is wrongfully accused for the attempted assassination of the President and must evade his own agency and the FBI to uncover the truth.

Universal's comedy film "Good Boys" came in fourth with 4.26 million dollars in its fifth weekend for a North American total of 73.31 million dollars. Directed by Gene Stupnitsky and starring Jacob Tremblay, Brady Noon and Keith L. Williams, the film tells the story of three sixth grade boys who ditch school and embark on an epic journey.

Disney's "The Lion King" finished fifth with 3.55 million dollars in its ninth weekend for a North American cume of 533.99 million dollars. The film has grossed 1.61 billion dollars globally through Sunday. Directed by Jon Favreau, it is a photo-realistic remake of Disney's 1994 animated film of the same name.