Weekend box office: IT makes over 10 times more than second place


The highly-anticipated horror film made spectular collection from 4,103 locations, exceeding the previous expectations.

The new film is directed by Andy Muschietti, who also helmed 2013's horror movie Mama, and topped the United Kingdom box office following its opening weekend with £9,884,000 across 604 cinemas, film studio Warner Bros said.

"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 unbelievable September at the box office, " wrote movie analyst Paul Dergarabedian at comScore in an email to Xinhua. This is by far the biggest September debut ever surpassing "Hotel Transylvania 2" in 2015 and sets a new benchmark for a horror movie debut, according to Dergarabedian. Finally, IT is second for all R-rated movie launches, behingd Deadpool, which opened in 2016 with $132.4 million. That marks the third-largest movie opening for 2017 following Beauty and the Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, beating out Spider-Man: Homecoming (which made $117 million in its first week) on the way. However, some estimates have It going as high as $120 to $125 million for its opening weekend, once the final totals come in.

The horror movie, It, is being screened in cinemas worldwide, and many who go to watch it are dressing up as clowns (and freaking people out in the process).

There's absolutely no question which flick ruled the box office this weekend: It is the most popular movie in America, with a HUGE opening weekend in theaters over the last few days! Andy Muschietti directs a script by Chase Palmer and Cary Fukunaga. Other top foreign earners are Annabelle: Creation (US$8.6 million) and The Hitman's Bodyguard (US$7.9 million).

It has scored an 87 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, has an audience score of 90 percent and a Cinemascore rating of B+ - which is very good for a horror movie. A handful of hits, like "Despicable Me 3" and Warner's "Wonder Woman", took most of the buzz. Warner Bros. says an "It" sequel is coming in 2019.