Andy Muschietti’s It terrified audiences around the world this week and demolished box office predictions and opened with an impressive $117 million opening. It has earned the third-largest opening weekend of 2017, right behind Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
It wasn’t done breaking records, it set the record for largest September opening, passing Hotel Transylvania 2 ($48.5 million) and has the biggest opening weekend for a horror/supernatural film.
Internationally, It earned $62 million from 46 overseas markets. That brings the total for the Stephen King adaptation to $179 million. Muschietti’s It has already made its budget back five times over.
Jeff Goldstein, distribution chief at Warner Bros. commented on the success of the film, “There’s something really special about the story itself, the way the movie was made, and the marketing. The stars aligned on this, and we still have some room to grow for the weekend.”
Coming in second place was the Reese Witherspoon-led Home Again bring in $9 million. Closing out the top three was The Hitman’s Bodyguard with $4.9 million. Annabelle: Creation ($4 million) and Wind River ($3.2 million) took fourth and fifth place.
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