‘It’ scares audiences back into the multiplex for record-breaking weekend

BILL SKARSGÅRD as Pennywise in New Line Cinema's horror thriller "IT," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

Weekend Box Office September 8 - 10, 2017

(KUTV) After weeks of doom and gloom at the box office, “It,” the latest adaptation of Stephen King’s tale about a shape-shifting clown who preys upon a small town in Maine, is dominating the box office in record-breaking fashion with an expected weekend total of $117 million.

Yes, $117 million. For a horror film opening in September.

That completely demolishes early projections that had the film finishing in the $65 million to $85 million range. Those initial predictions had Hollywood absolutely giddy and would have given the film September’s largest opening weekend ever besting the $48.5 million that “Hotel Transylvania 2” pulled in 2015 and the largest opening for a horror/supernatural film by besting “Paranormal Activity 3’s” $52.6 million opening in 2011. “Paranormal Activity 3” finished its domestic theatrical run with $104 million.

Early international numbers had “It” opening to an additional $62 million overseas. That puts the worldwide number just shy of $180 million. The film cost $35 million to make. Let that sink in.

Home Again,” a romantic comedy starring Reese Witherspoon, will finish in second place with $9 million. That’s pretty much in line with predictions, but the film is destined to be a forgotten footnote.

In third place is our former champion, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” with $4.8 million. After three weeks atop the domestic box office the Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson comedy has earned $64 million.

Despite losing the majority of its audiences to “It,” “Annabelle: Creation” stays in the top five with $4 million. That pushes the horror prequel to a domestic total of $96 million. That number might not look nearly as impressive this week as it would have seven days ago, but that’s still a massive number for a film that cost only $15 million to make. Its worldwide total has now moved past $275 million.

Wind River,” the excellent thriller from Taylor Sheridan starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen, finishes in fifth place with $3.2 million.

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