After the box office experienced the worst Labor Day weekend since 1998, it rebounded in a huge way thanks to a terrifying clown and its monster haul. The fall box office season is off to a stellar start.
New Line’s adaptation of IT from acclaimed author Stephen King raked in an estimated $117 million, surpassing industry expectations. The Andy Muschietti-directed film accounted for more than 75% of the combined gross for the weekend’s Top 10. Not surprisingly, it broke a few records along the way.
IT set the largest September debut which was previously held by Hotel Transylvania 2. That film earned $48.5 million during its opening frame in 2015. When it comes to the entire fall season, IT demolished Gravity which held the top spot since 2013 with its $55 million kickoff.
The film also set a new benchmark for an R-rated horror film. IT more than doubled Paranormal Activity 3’s previous record of $52.5 million. Speaking of R-rated horror films, IT has already become the fifth highest one of all-time after just three days of release.
With regards to R-rated films in general, IT scored the second largest opening frame. Only Deadpool and its $132.4 million launch is better. No doubt Pennywise will wreak more havoc when the sequel, which is already in development, arrives in a couple of years.
Internationally, IT brought in an estimated $62 million from 46 markets for a $179 million global debut.
Reese Witherspoon’s Home Again was the only other new entry in the Top 10. It earned an estimated $9 million from 2,940 locations. Rounding out the top three was The Hitman’s Bodyguard. The Ryan Reynold’s flick held the top spot for three weeks thanks to weak competition. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.
Box Office Numbers: September 8-10, 2017
1. It — $117.2 million (opening weekend)
2. Home Again — $9 million (opening weekend)
3. The Hitman’s Bodyguard — $4.9 million ($64,897,007 total)
4. Annabelle: Creation — $4 million ($96,267,010 total)
5. Wind River — $3.2 million ($25,002,192 total)
6. Leap! — $2.5 million ($15,874,536 total)
7. Spider-Man: Homecoming — $2 million ($327,702,794 total)
8. Dunkirk — $2 million ($183,110,279 total)
9. Logan Lucky — $1.8 million ($25,228,666 total)
10. The Emoji Movie — $1.1 million ($82,516,858 total)