IT scares its way to record breaking $117 million opening weekend

Lawrence Kim
September 11, 2017

The film is based on King's epic 1986 novel, which kind of gave clowns a bad name the world over, although it's fair to assume that notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy did that first. The movie from Andrés Muschietti has earned 117,1 million on 4103 screens, well above forecast of 60-80 million. That number was the biggest opening day for a horror film and the best launch day for a Warner Bros. title this year.

Times. It also broke the record for largest opening weekend for a horror movie release at any time of year.

Stephen King adaptation It was expected to do well at the box office, but its opening weekend has surpassed expectations with a $180m (£136.4m) haul that's broken all manner of Hollywood records.

With an outcome of $117.2 million, "It" will reach even with Spiderman: Homecoming, which made $117 million during its opening weekend. This one comes under the shingle of Toby Emmerich, who's one third of the Warner exec triumvirate and also runs the New Line Cinema banner founded by Michael Lynn and Bob Shaye. Other top territories include Russia (US$6.7 million), Australia (US$5.9 million), and Brazil (US$5.6 million).

The R-rated horror pic took in US$12.3 million in the United Kingdom, accounting for 82 per cent of the market there.

Elsewhere- despite terrible reviews, Reese Witherspoon and friends raked in around $10 million for "Home Again". The movie, the first part of a diptych where a group of friends confronts an entity nightmarish in the small town of Derry, from their childhood to their adult life, confirms the popularity of genre films, after the success of Get Out (252 million to a budget of 4.5), Split (276 million for a budget of 9) and Annabelle: The Creation of Evil, whose career is not over.

Not only in North America, the horror film is also a hit overseas, launching to record $62 million from 46 markets for a global start of $179.2 million.

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