It crushes September box office record with $117 million debut

The Stephen King adaptation also marks the largest opening ever for a horror movie

Stephen King's 'IT' Brooke Palmer BILL SKARSGÅRD as Pennywise in New Line Cinema's horror thriller "IT," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. CR: Brooke Palmer/Warner Bros.

As a huge fan of classic horror and of course seeing the new flick myself, I wasn’t surprised to see the new Stephen King adaption from New Line and Warner Bros smashed records over the weekend. It earned a whopping $117.2 million from 4,103 locations according to studio estimates on Sunday.

It’s been reported the film has more than doubled the earnings of any previous record holders, with Paranormal Activity 3 holding the title prior to now as the biggest horror opening with $52.6 million from 2011. The highest September debut was “Hotel Transylvania 2’s” $48.5 million in 2015. Stephen King’s new flick also marks the second-best opening for an R-Rated movie (behind Deadpool’s $132.4 million) and the third-highest opening of 2017 (behind Beauty and the Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2).

The movie has earned overall positive reviews from critics and was a smash hit with moviegoers as well. Audiences gave the film a B-plus CinemaScore and also received 4.5 out of 5 stars in ComScore and Screen Engine’s PostTrak audience survey. The new flick also has a fresh 86-percent Rotten Tomatoes score.

The original novel from King was published in 1986 and previously inspired a 1990 miniseries. Just like the original, the lead characters are expected to chronical the rematch in their adult years in a sequel which is already moving forward.  The sequal is slated to come out in the third quarter of 2019.

Per ComScore, overall box office is down 5.5 percent year-to-date. Check out the Sept. 8-10 figures below.

1. It — $117.2 million
2. Home Again — $9 million
3. The Hitman’s Bodyguard — $4.9 million
4. Annabelle: Creation — $4 million
5. Wind River — $3.2 million
6. Leap! — $2.5 million
7. Spider-Man: Homecoming — $2 million
8. Dunkirk — $2 million
9. Logan Lucky — $1.8 million
10. The Emoji Movie — $1.1 million

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