Far behind in second place, the Open Road Films' "Home Again" opened with an estimated 9.02 million US dollars.
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. It, a new adaptation of the fantastic Stephen King book after the movie cult of the 90s, has dominated the u.s. box office for its output.
The kids' acting is top-notch and their dialogue is also amazingly true to life, although the scribbler's rely WAY too much on the "F" word.
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Not only is "It" now the largest opening for a horror movie ever and the largest September opening of all time, the film more than doubled the earnings of the previous record holders. That's a staggeringly huge figure for any movie to open with, and a basically impossible one - until now, apparently - for an R-rated horror movie.
Ultimately, credit has to go to director Andy Muschietti, screenwriters Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, and Gary Dauberman, as well as the entire team behind the movie, in addition to the cast for so adeptly updating King's original tale.
These numbers aren't just impressive; they're in an entirely different universe (a deadlight-filled universe) from any horror opening in history.
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The fact that the film was able to do all this on a $35 million budget, and with no real recognizable stars, is especially incredible.
It also generated the third largest opening weekend of 2017 behind only the $174.8M of Beauty and the Beast and the $146.5M of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. It is also the second best start for a film R-Rated (no one under 17 years of age unaccompanied) after Deadpool and his 132.4 million earned during its first weekend.
Although "It" has just been released, plans for a second film are already underway. Before that, there was Hotel Transylvania 2 at $48.5 million.
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The remake of the Stephen King story is also a victor with critics, sitting now at 87 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, 70 percent on Metacritic and scoring a B+ Cinemascore. The worldwide sum hit $495.3M while the global gross rose to $823M passing the $816.3M of Wonder Woman in the process. Warner hopes to release the "It" sequel in the summer or early fall of 2019, said a person with knowledge of the matter.