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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

This September weekend saw the wide release of two films: IT — the adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name — and Home Again, the romantic comedy starring Reese Witherspoon.

To no one’s surprise, IT managed to take the top spot with absolutely no competition. What was definitely surprising was how well the film did overall. Initially, the studio was tracking the $35 million-budgeted film to take in around $60 million in its opening weekend, which would have been a definite success. As late as last Friday, projections shot up to $80-$100 million. Well, IT managed to shatter all expectations with $117.2 million (though current, more accurate estimates point to it doing well over $120 million).

It not only destroyed all expectations, but it also managed to take the cake as the biggest horror movie opening ever, beating out Paranormal Activity 3’s $52.6 million-opening more than twofold. As far as R-rated movies go, it has the second highest opening behind Deadpool. Finally, IT also set the record for the largest September debut, beating out Hotel Transylvania’s comparatively modest $48.5 million.

In second place, waaaaay down there is Reese Witherspoon’s romantic comedy Home Again, with $9 million. Given its $15 million budget, it’s not a bad opener, though likely not the numbers they were hoping. Sadly, while a film like this would not usually have a horror movie to worry about, IT also managed to bring in a rather mainstream audiences — an audience that would have been more inclined to see Home Again were it not for the name recognition behind IT.

In third place is The Hitman’s Bodyguard, taking in $4.9 million. After a few weeks of hanging at number one, it finally got pushed back to the number three spot.

The top 10 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, September 10, are below.

  1. IT – Warner Bros. – $117.2M
  2. Home Again – Open Road – $9.0M
  3. Hitman’s Bodyguard, The – Lionsgate – $4.9M
  4. Annabelle: Creation – Warner Bros. – $4.0M
  5. Wind River – The Weinstein Company -$3.2M
  6. Leap! – The Weinstein Company – $2.5M
  7. Spider-Man: Homecoming – Sony – $2.0M
  8. Dunkirk – Warner Bros. – $2.0M
  9. Logan Lucky – Bleecker Street – $1.8M
  10. Emoji Movie, The – Sony – $1.1M

The top 10 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, September 10, are below.

  1. IT – Warner Bros. – $179.2M
  2. Spider-Man: Homecoming – Sony – $73.8M
  3. Dunkirk – Warner Bros. – $15.4M
  4. Hitman’s Bodyguard, The – Lionsgate – $12.7M
  5. Annabelle: Creation – Warner Bros. – $12.6M
  6. Home Again – Multiple – $10.0M
  7. American Made – Universal – $8.1M
  8. Memoir of a Murderer – Showbox – $7.4M
  9. Despicable Me 3 – Universal – $7.1M
  10. Emoji Movie, The – Sony – $6.8M

What do you think IT dominating at the box office? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Box Office Mojo, Variety, comScore

  • Moby85

    I saw it Saturday and really liked it. The jump scares were made a bit better by the DBOX chairs I bought tickets for. I thought Bill Skarsgard was a great Pennywise, I thought the directing and acting was great and most of the child actors, especially Jeremy Ray Taylor who played “Ben”. That kid has intonation and inflection far beyond his years. And all these kids were paired with Finn Wolfhard from “Stranger Things” so they had a high bar to match.

    It was surprisingly intense and cringe-worthy. Especially the incestual sexual abuse subplot involving Beverly. “You’re still…Daddy’s little girl, right?”.

    Negatives? Only small ones. Pennywise didn’t have enough lines, like any great villain I just wanted more. I also thought the leper looked stupid, Evil-Dead level corny cheese.

    I thought it ended well too. Sure, sets up part two (explicitly). And after this financial success the sequel is 100% inevitable, but had the film not succeeded it had a solid enough ending.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    I think this movie earned every penny it made. (hehe) This is a great example of me being wrong with my initial thoughts. That is, I was kind of skeptical when this was first announced. But the trailer had me sold on the new direction. I saw it on Friday night and then again Sunday morning. I really enjoy it and look forward to the next installment.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.