Earth-Shattering Debut for Horror Hit It

by Sherry Padilla September 12, 2017, 0:27
Earth-Shattering Debut for Horror Hit It

The U.S. opening would have been bigger if not for Hurricane Irma.

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.

If moviegoers were waiting for a thumbs up from Stephen King before checking out the new big screen adaptation of his novel "It", he just gave it. You could triple the total weekend take for those nine movies and still not quite scratch the It estimate.

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It is the second-biggest opening for an R-rated film behind Deadpool's three-day debut of $132.4 million, while its massive $51 million Friday actually beat Deadpool's $47 million. That marks the third-largest movie opening for 2017 following Beauty and the Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, beating out Spider-Man: Homecoming (which made $117 million in its first week) on the way.

Police in the ME city that's home to Stephen King played a prank to coincide with the opening of the horror film "It", based on King's book.

"It" was directed by Andy Muschietti, who is already being courted for another instalment.

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Audience scores are as high as they get for the horror genre so positive word-of-mouth will lead to plenty of more business ahead. Other top foreign earners are Annabelle: Creation (US$8.6 million) and The Hitman's Bodyguard (US$7.9 million).

"It" was initially projected to post a much lower debut weekend, however a stream of positive reviews, which included an 86 percent "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, boosted the New Line and Warner Bros film's performance. The second film, which will focus on adults, therefore seems more than certain. Wind River dropped 49% to an estimated $3.2M while the toon Leap! fell 48% to an estimated $2.5M. Warner hopes to release the "It" sequel in the summer or early fall of 2019, said a person with knowledge of the matter.

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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