Stephen King’s IT is smashing records in its debut weekend at the box office, leading off with a $117.2 million total take through Sunday.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that in addition to the massive domestic box office take, IT also scored an additional $62 million from overseas markets, leading to a worldwide total of $179.2 million for the Stephen King adaptation.
Some of the records smashed in IT‘s opening weekend include largest horror film debut, largest opening for a King adaptation, and also the largest September opening ever. The previous September record holder was Hotel Transylvania 2, with $48.5 million. IT also scored the third highest opening of the year, beating out Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s $117 million and slotting in behind Beauty and the Beast‘s $174.8 million and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2‘s $146.2 million.
Based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel. A group of young kids face their biggest fears when they seek answers to the disappearance of children in their hometown of Derry, Maine. They square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
Directed by Andy Muschietti, the film stars Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher, Wyatt Olef, Jack Grazer, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, and Bill Skarsgård.
IT is now showing in theaters everywhere.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter