IT Scores Box Office Records with Monster-Sized Opening Weekend

Calvin Saunders
September 12, 2017

"A terrific start for the Fall moviegoing season after a rather slow Labor Day weekend as "It" revs up a sleepy marketplace and we look forward to an incredible September at the box office, " wrote movie analyst Paul Dergarabedian at comScore in an email to Xinhua. It's also the second-biggest R-rated opening of all time after Deadpool ($132.4 million) and the third biggest opening of the year after Beauty and the Beast ($174.8 million) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($146.5 million).

IT smashed records over the weekend raking in an outstanding $117.2 million, making it (or IT) the biggest opening weekend of any horror film ever!

The creepy clown in the latest film adaptation of Stephen King's "It" is known for trying to lure children into the sewers - but he has proven highly successful at luring crowds to the movie theaters as well.

With such a big box office opening, I'm betting Warner Bros. and New Line will be fast-tracking this movie to start shooting as quickly as possible. Pictures and New Line Cinema. Set in the summer of 1989, the story revolves around a group of outcast children in Derry, Maine who must work together to defeat a supernatural entity that takes the form of a clown named Pennywise who preys on their worst fears.

There's absolutely no question which flick ruled the box office this weekend: It is the most popular movie in America, with a HUGE opening weekend in theaters over the last few days!

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Home Again is written and directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer, and stars Reese Witherspoon, Nat Wolff, Jon Rudnitsky, Pico Alexander, Michael Sheen and Candice Bergen. I'm not the biggest horror fan, but still made a decision to see It because the trailers intrigued me and plenty of anticipation surrounded this mainstream horror movie.

"Horror is the least scary genre when it comes to profitability and has nearly no peer when it comes to the cost/benefit analysis", said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore, Inc.

Early September is typically one of the slowest times of the year at the box office.

Ultimately, credit has to go to director Andy Muschietti, screenwriters Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, and Gary Dauberman, as well as the entire team behind the movie, in addition to the cast for so adeptly updating King's original tale.

ONE of Stephen King's most terrifying creations has returned with a vengeance, and it's brought its red balloon.

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