"It" pulls in $117 million, sets box office records

Delia Watkins
September 12, 2017

Earning an estimated $117.2 million (€97.3 million), "It" scored the largest ever opening for a horror movie and the largest September opening of all time.

Over 4,103 theaters across all of North America this weekend, It has taken in a grand total of $117.2 million, setting the horror genre opening weekend record and BLOWING AWAY all of its first-week opener competition! The killer clown flick utterly dominated the box office this weekend representing a towering 75% of the entire marketplace. Hell, horror movies don't do this type of business, regardless of rating.

Recently on his Twitter, Stephen King began proving some of the most biggest minds of the macabre are also the nicest. Andy Muschietti directs a script by Chase Palmer and Cary Fukunaga.

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The property itself stretches east-to-west across the island, touching both the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway - its name means "Sea-to-Lake".

Carried by enthusiasm, solid knowledge and a critical seduced (88% on Rotten Tomatoes, 71 on Metacritic), the film has collected $ 13.5 million in previews on Thursday (an impressive figure that puts it in 2017 just after the blockbusters beauty and The Beast and The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), and 51 million from Friday evening. So while a film based on his book is making millions at the box office, the legendary writer is more covered with human life - making us love him even more. 65% were over 25. Other top foreign earners are Annabelle: Creation (US$8.6 million) and The Hitman's Bodyguard (US$7.9 million). Directed by Andy Muschietti and made for around 35 million US dollars, the movie tells the story of seven children in Derry, Maine, who are terrorized by the eponymous being. Before that, there was Hotel Transylvania 2 at $48.5 million. "The director made a fabulously compelling movie, our marketing just nailed it and the date was special".

The remake of the Stephen King story is also a victor with critics, sitting now at 87 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, 70 percent on Metacritic and scoring a B+ Cinemascore. A handful of hits, like "Despicable Me 3" and Warner's "Wonder Woman", took most of the buzz.

Money-wise, it's hard to see how any of the three big releases next weekend will come close either. It is part of the popular "Conjuring" series of movies.

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