Stephen King's "It" dominates North American box office in opening weekend

12 September, 2017, 00:27 | Author: Bridget Leonard
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In addition to topping the opening weekend charts for R-rated horror, It also has the largest horror opening for any MPAA rating, the largest September debut, and the largest Fall season debut.

Warner Bros' R-rated frightener took in $117.2 million during its opening weekend in the USA -the most successful launch weekend for any horror movie, the biggest September opening ever, and the second-biggest opener for films with that adults-only rating (the first being last year's Deadpool). It, the new film adaptation of Stephen King's 1986 horror novel, has turned out to be a record-breaker. The killer clown flick utterly dominated the box office this weekend representing a towering 75% of the entire marketplace. It was the biggest opening weekend ever during the September-October corridor more than doubling the $55.8M of Gravity, the previous best during this time of year. Finally, IT is second for all R-rated movie launches, behingd Deadpool, which opened in 2016 with $132.4 million. Andy Muschietti directs a script by Chase Palmer and Cary Fukunaga.

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.

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Although "It" has just been released, plans for a second film are already underway. Directed by Andy Muschietti and made for around 35 million USA dollars, the movie tells the story of seven children in Derry, Maine, who are terrorized by the eponymous being.

Coming in at fourth place for the weekend was the Warner Bros. and New Line release, Annabelle: Creation.

Lionsgate's action comedy film "The Hitman's Bodyguard" dropped to third place with an estimated 4.85 million US dollars after a three-week lead at the gloomy North American box office. Wind River dropped 49% to an estimated $3.2M while the toon Leap! fell 48% to an estimated $2.5M. A handful of hits, like "Despicable Me 3" and Warner's "Wonder Woman", took most of the buzz. Reviews were not very good and the B grade from CinemaScore indicates only medium satisfaction from customers.


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