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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

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SOURCE: Box Office Mojo, Variety, comScore

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.