‘It’ Scares Its Way to the Top of the Box Office

It” broke a lot of records this weekend on its way to the top.

Box Office Mojo reports the Stephen King horror adaptation made more than $117 million in its first outing. The film earned $51 million in Thursday previews and Friday’s opening day. “It” became the highest September opening ever, the highest Fall opening, and the highest opening for a horror film. “It” eclipsed the previous horror opening record-holder, “Paranormal Activity 3.” And it is the second highest opening for an R-rated film, finishing just $15 million behind “Deadpool.”

You can read the official Awards Circuit review for “It” here.

The Reese Witherspoon romantic comedy “Home Again” opened in second place. Had it debuted last weekend, its $9M would have been more impressive, but still wouldn’t have been enough for it to have a first place finish.

You can read the official Awards Circuit review for “Home Again” here.

The rest of the box office stayed almost exactly in order from last week. “Hitman’s Bodyguard” dropped to third place, earning $4.8 million. “Annabelle: Creation” brought in another $4M for its fourth place spot. That horror film is just shy of $100M domestically, but has $280M worldwide. And “Wind River” stayed in the Top 5, finishing in fifth place with $3.2M.

The animated Weinstein film “Leap!” earned $2.5M for its sixth place finish. The only film to hold its position from last weekend is “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” which is still in seventh. The newest Avenger added another $2M to its total and is only $5M short of passing “Guardians of the Galaxy” for sixth in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” also had the smallest drop from last week for all current releases.

Jumping over “Spider-Man” to go from sixth to eighth place was “Dunkirk.” Christopher Nolan’s war film was just under $2M in its eighth week in theaters.

Logan Lucky” was not so lucky as it plummeted from fifth to ninth place, bringing in just $1.8M. Thanks to modest ticket sales overseas, Steven Soderbergh’s comedy heist has earned back its production budget, but not much more.

And clinging to the Top 10 is this week’s tenth place finisher “The Emoji Movie.” Adding another $1M to its overall take, Sony’s animated flick has earned about $86M in the US and $170M total.

Next week’s offering includes the limited release of Ben Stiller’s film “Brad’s Status.” Opening in wide release are “American Assassin” and “mother!”

Tell us: Did you join the crowds to see “It” this weekend? Or did you see something else instead? Comment below!