Kingsman: The Golden Circle officially hits theaters this weekend, and Hollywood's box office tracking has it set to beat out its predecessor.
Despite taking something of a beating from critics, the Kingsman sequel is still poised take the number one spot when it debuts at theaters this weekend. Current box office estimates have the film taking in roughly $40 million. While that's not necessarily as impressive as It's recent debut, it would be above Kingsman: The Secret Service's $36.2 million domestic opening. That film, fueled by the international market, went on to make $414 million at the worldwide box office -- an impressive feat for an R-rated film, much less one that was not based on a known property. The sequel is currently sitting at a rotten 56% on Rotten Tomatoes, a far cry from the first film's fresh 74% rating.
The Kingsman films are based on the comic book series "The Secret Service" by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. The first volume was released through Marvel Comics' Icon imprint back in 2012. The second volume, titled Kingsman: The Red Diamond, is currently being published by Image Comics. Millar, who has also seen his Kick-Ass comics adapted by Fox, recently signed a deal with Netflix for his comic imprint, Millarworld.
Directed by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Golden Circle stars returning cast members Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong and Sophie Cookson, joined by Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Elton John, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges. The film opens Sept. 22.