'It' shatters box office records

Nettie James
September 12, 2017

The film was also a successful horror release and now sits at $96.2 million domestic.

Stephen King adaptation It was expected to do well at the box office, but its opening weekend has surpassed expectations with a $180m (£136.4m) haul that's broken all manner of Hollywood records.

The Stephen King adaptation is set to have the second-biggest weekend ever for an R-rated movie (a United Kingdom equivalent of a 15 rating), with only Deadpool likely to have done better. Previously, the highest September debut was "Hotel Transylvania 2" which garnered $48.5 million its opening weekend in 2015.

Warner Bros. also scored the biggest horror movie debut of all-time as well as the second biggest R-rated launch ever trailing just the $132.4M of last year's Deadpool. Andy Muschietti directs a script by Chase Palmer and Cary Fukunaga.

Police in the ME city that's home to Stephen King played a prank to coincide with the opening of the horror film "It", based on King's book.

Many movies with well known titles and huge budgets, like "Transformers: The Last Knight", "The Mummy" and Warner's "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword", flopped when they failed to grab audience's attention as "It" did.

On top of all that: However the final weekend tally falls - the current number is only an estimate - it's already clear that It earned more in its opening weekend than the other nine movies listed in the weekend's Top 10 combined. The next closest finisher is The Hitman's Bodyguard, at just beyond 3,300 theaters. Most box office analysts were predicting that the film, which stars Bill Skarsgård as the terrifying clown Pennywise, would open in the $70 million to $80 million range.

The film has raked in $123m (£93.3m) dollars on it's opening weekend, smashing records for a film released between May and November. Warner Bros. expects an additional $62 million from overseas markets, shooting the total revenue near $180 million. Flying past $900M in the end seems very likely - a popular hangout for movies which include Iron Man.

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