'It' scares up big second weekend as Jennifer Lawrence's 'mother!' sinks

Trailing far behind were two new releases, "American Assassin" from CBS Films/Lionsgate, at $14.8 million, and "mother!" which took in just $7.5 million in ticket sales despite the star power of Jennifer Lawrence.

'This movie is very audacious and courageous, ' Paramount Worldwide President of Marketing and Distribution Megan Colligan said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

Despite the poor audience reaction to mother!, it has fared better with reviews - landing a 74 rating on Metacritic and 68 at Rotten Tomatoes. "You are talking about a director at the top of his game, and an actress at the top her game".

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The filmmaker admits the movie's cast - which also includes Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfeiffer - might make audiences believe the project is lighter than it actually is, and always knew it was going to be "a lot" for viewers. Everyone wants original film-making, and everyone celebrates Netflix when they tell a story no one else wants to tell. This is our version.

Darren Aronofsky's psychological thriller "Mother!" starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem is one of the few films to ever receive an F CinemaScore from moviegoers in the U.S.

From the beginning of the movie, we start feeling a odd atmosphere in the environment of the characters.

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The film, which was in 4,100 theaters this weekend, has gained positive buzz and strong reviews from critics and audiences. That puts it in the company of movies such as Killing Them Softly, and the remake of Solaris.

"People either love it or they absolutely hate it and I think that's so cool".

Several films in the F CinemaScore category are horror titles. "It", the film adaptation of Stephen King's novel, now holds the record for the highest-grossing opening for the category, earning up to $123.4 million.

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Box office observers at Box Office Mojo predict that mother! could tumble in its second weekend by as much as 60%, a devastating figure more common for superhero tentpole releases than smaller horror films.

  • Theresa Obrien