"It" scores big box office numbers

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LOS ANGELES — 'It' is a hit.

The Stephen King adaptation from New Line and Warner Bros. shattered records over the weekend earning $117.2 million from 4,103 locations according to studio estimates.

Not only is "It" now the largest ever opening for a horror movie and the largest September opening of all time, the film more than doubled the earnings of the previous record holders. Before this weekend "Paranormal Activity 3" had the biggest horror opening with $52.6 million from 2011, and the highest September debut was "Hotel Transylvania 2's" $48.5 million in 2015.

Starring Bill Skarsgard as the homicidal clown Pennywise, "It" is the first of a planned two-part series. The second is slated to come out in the third quarter of 2019.

With no discernible competition, save for the counter programmed opening of the Reese Witherspoon romantic comedy "Home Again," which came in a very distant second with $9 million, "It" was able to dominate screens and show times at major movie theaters.

"I don't think anyone could have imagined an opening over $100 million for this movie," comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian said. "Suddenly September is on the map with its first $100 million debut. ... this is really good news for an industry that for the last six weeks has been in the doldrums."

The success of "It" comes after an underperforming summer movie going season that left the year to date box office down 6.5 percent from last year. Now, with the "It" factor, the year is down only 5.5 percent

The overwhelming dominance of "It" made the rest of the charts look downright anemic. In third place was "The Hitman's Bodyguard," with $4.9 million, "Annabelle: Creation" took fourth with $4 million, and "Wind River" rounded out the top five with $3.2 million.


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