Weekend Box Office Report – Stephen King’s It has a massive record-breaking debut

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Officially the American summer season ended last week, but it only got hot this weekend past. That’s at least when it comes to the US box office which had been experiencing the most disappointing numbers in nearly two decades over the last few months. That crippling slump is most definitely over though thanks to director Andres Muschietti’s new adaptation of Stephen King’s It which has blown away expectations with a record-breaking debut this weekend past.

It already scared its way into the record books on Thursday when it earned $13.5 million in the US, giving the largest Thursday preview screening total for a horror movie, an R-rated movie and a September release. The hotly-anticipated horror film continued its success on its official debut day as it posted the biggest Friday opening for a September release with a huge $51 million that’s only $2 million short of the entire combined income of the previous weekend’s lineup.

It’s Thursday and Friday totals combined already eclipsed Paranormal Activity 3’s $52.7 million largest weekend opening for an R-rated horror movie by a long shot, and eventually ended off the weekend on a monstrous $117. That leaves It as the second biggest domestic opening weekend of all time for an R-rated film, bested only by Deadpool’s $132 million (and the Merc With the Mouth had the benefit of opening on a 4-day holiday weekend). On the international front, It actually broke that record in several of the markets in which it opened. In total it earned $62 million from 46 markets, the largest international opening ever for a horror film.

A sequel to It: Part 1 – The Loser’s Club has already been greenlit, and New Line must be smiling ear to ear right now as the film’s early critical praise has now also been matched by commercial success. In total, It has made $179 million worldwide off just a budget of $35 million. Sorry, professional clowns, but it appears that people love getting scared by your demonic counterparts after all.

As for the rest of the US box office, the only other newcomer on the charts is the Reese Witherspoon romantic drama Home Again, which seems to be offering itself as the alternative for cinemagoers who actually want to have a peaceful sleep. The film pretty much came in as predicted earning $9 million on debut to take second place.

Let’s see what the rest of the US box office chart looks like:

No.Movie Name Weekend gross Percentage change US Domestic gross Worldwide gross Last Week's Position
1It: Part 1 – The Loser's Club $117.1 million NA $117.1 million $179.1 million NE
2Home Again $9 million NA $9 million $9 million NE
3The Hitman's Bodyguard $4.8 million -54% $64.8 million $104.6 million 1st
4Annabelle: Creation $4 million -46% $96.2 million $280.2 million 2nd
5Wind River $3.2 million -48% $25 million $25 million 3rd
6Leap! $2.5 million -48% $18.7 million $98.9 million 4th
7Spider-Man: Homecoming $2 million -45% $327.7 million $823 million 7th
8Dunkirk $1.9 million -55% $183.1 million $492.2 million 6h
9Logan Lucky $1.8 million -58% $25.2 million $32.7million 5h
10The Emoji Movie $1 million -57% $82.5 million $170.9 million 9th

Last Updated: September 17, 2017

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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