It had a monster opening at the box office, breaking the record for September movies. Get the details, and check out the full Top 10 for this weekend’s movies below.
Based on Stephen King’s iconic novel of the same, It stars Bill Skarsgaard as the clown Pennywise, who terrorizes people in a small town. To say any more would be to say too much, but horrors and frights abound. King was not involved in the project at all, though he has tweeted about the film and a red balloon, one of the key symbols in the story, was even recently photographed in the window of his Maine home. With a budget of $35 million, It was initially expected to earn around $70 million in its first weekend. Of course, that turned out to be a vast underestimate.
The movie scared up a whopping $117 million, meaning It holds the title for the highest debut of all time in the month of September. In addition, its opening day gross alone (about $51 million) broke the records for R-rated movies and horror movies. That’s a lot of theaters filled with screaming people. And, well, auditoriums not showing It are kind of empty this weekend, as they have been for the last few.
Reese Witherspoon’s new romantic comedy, Home Again, took second place, but with an opening of just $9 million. Due to a lack of new competition, The Hitman’s Bodyguard hung on to the number one spot for three weeks, but now the action-comedy flick is dropping down to third place with around $4.9 million. Annabelle: Creation, another thriller that’s had people on the edge of their seats, scored the fourth position, raking in $4 million.
Only $3.3 million in ticket sales was enough for Wind River to rank fifth. The animated movie Leap! jumped towards a sixth-place finish with $2.5 million. Dunkirk followed with $2 million to nab the seventh spot. And rounding out the Top 10 are Spider-Man: Homecoming ($2 million), Logan Lucky ($1.8 million) and The Emoji Movie ($1 million).