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IT Smashes Box Office Records Including Largest Opening Weekend for a Horror Film of Any Rating!

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We knew the new adaptation of Stephen King’s IT was going to be a monster hit at the box office, but I don’t think anyone anticipated the kind of record-smashing opening it would have, especially considering how many of our fellow citizens couldn’t even get to the theater due to the impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

In any event, per Box Office Mojo, with its $117 million haul this weekend, Warner Bros. and New Line’s IT “has claimed the largest September opening, largest fall opening, the largest opening for an R-rated horror film, not to mention the largest opening weekend for a horror film of any MPAA rating, and tops Open Road’s new release Home Again in second place by nearly $110 million. Overall, the film accounted for more than 75% of the combined gross for the weekend’s top twelve…”

Internationally the Andrés Muschietti-helmed film earned an estimated $62 million from 46 markets for a $179 million global debut.

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Holy moly… pretty incredible stats!  Even more incredibly, IT is already the fifth highest grossing R-rated horror film of all time after just three days in release, and as BOM mentions, we’ve only just begun!

Meanwhile, old reliable Annabelle: Creation, now in its fifth week of release, gave Warner Bros./New Line another top five spot on the chart in fourth place with an estimated $4 million, bringing its domestic cume to $96.2 million, meaning it will soon become the only August 2017 release to cross $100 million domestically.

Kudos to horror this weekend! And here’s looking forward to more good news next weekend when mother! arrives to amaze and confound us as Aronofsky’s films typically do.

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