It isn't clowning around: Stephen King horror smashes box office records

It isn't clowning around: Stephen King horror smashes box office records

The film was also a successful horror release and now sits at $96.2 million domestic.

Horror movie It has shattered box office records, hauling in US$179 million (NZ$246.5 million) at the global box office on its opening weekend.

The anticipated big screen adaptation of Stephen King's IT smashed records at the box office during its opening weekend.

"We blew the roof off the box office with IT over the weekend".

Before this past weekend, "Paranormal Activity 3" had the biggest horror opening from 2011 with $52.6 million, and the highest September debut was "Hotel Transylvania 2's" $48.5 million in 2015. 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.

On top of all that: However the final weekend tally falls - the current number is only an estimate - it's already clear that It earned more in its opening weekend than the other nine movies listed in the weekend's Top 10 combined.

"We couldn't be more thrilled with the results, and congratulate New Line Cinema, director Andy Muschietti and his phenomenal cast and crew on this fantastic opening". The road ahead is bright for It which could finish its domestic run in the $250-300M range which is just mind-blowing for a $35M production.

"It" also had a modest price tag, costing around $35 million to produce. "What saves the film from collapsing is the acting by the children, who are effortlessly natural, whether they are just being boys or just being scared kids".

It has scored an 87 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, has an audience score of 90 percent and a Cinemascore rating of B+ - which is very good for a horror movie. Most box office analysts were predicting that the film, which stars Bill Skarsgård as the terrifying clown Pennywise, would open in the $70 million to $80 million range. It is part of the popular "Conjuring" series of movies.

"It's humbling when something performs behind your wildest expectations", says Warner Bros.

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