"IT" Smashes Box Office Records With $123.1M Opening

Andy Muschietti

Coming in second - but left far back in the dust by "It" - was another new release, "Home Again" from Open Road Films, with a take of just $9 million.

American horror movie "It" dominated North American box office with an estimated 117.15 million USA dollars in its opening weekend.

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.

"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 awesome September at the box office, " wrote movie analyst Paul Dergarabedian at comScore in an email to Xinhua. That's a staggeringly huge figure for any movie to open with, and a basically impossible one - until now, apparently - for an R-rated horror movie. Only Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" and Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" did better in their first weekends.

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Horror movies don't usually land at the box office like this.

From its website entry, Rotten Tomatoes describes the New Line Cinema's horror thriller "It", directed by Andy Muschietti ("Mama"), as based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, has been "terrifying readers for decades". Hell, horror movies don't do this type of business, regardless of rating.

Although "It" has just been released, plans for a second film are already underway. It's also the biggest opening weekend from a horror film beating out previous record-holder 2011's Paranormal Activity 3 with its $52.6 million. Warner Bros. expects an additional $62 million from overseas markets, shooting the total revenue near $180 million. Before that, there was Hotel Transylvania 2 at $48.5 million. Box Office Mojo has the estimates, and the estimates are good for IT and basically nothing else because this movie overshadows the other nine on the list. A handful of hits, like "Despicable Me 3" and Warner's "Wonder Woman", took most of the buzz. The film now has an 87% on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ Cinemascore.

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