Box Office: Steven King’s ‘It’ Takes in $117.2-M in US
‘It’, the film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel shattered records, marking the biggest opening ever for a horror film
But, ‘Home Again’ stalls, while Charlie Sheen drama ‘9/11′ is DOA
New Line Cinema and Warner Bros.’ It, grossed $117.2-M from 4,103 theaters in its North American box-office debut over the weekend. The horror film is also a hit overseas, launching to record $62-M from 46 markets for a global opening take of $179.2-M.
The R-rated film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel brought the domestic box office back to life after 7 straight down weekends and the worst Summer in recent movie memory.
It shattered numerous records, including landing the biggest start ever for a horror film, and for a Steven King adaptation.
And it’s the biggest bow ever for the month of September scoring the 3rd-best domestic debut YTD. The movie’s Friday take alone was bigger than the previous September crown holder, Hotel Transylvania 2.
The film cost $35-M to produce, turned into a movie for all audiences and not just younger horror fans. Roughly 65% of ticket buyers were over the age of 25, as males turned out in force at 49%.
The weekend’s other new nationwide offering was the romantic comedy Home Again underwhelmed with an estimated $9-M from 2,940 theaters to place # 2.
Lionsgate’s NYSE:LGF) The Hitman’s Bodyguard fell to #3 after topping the box office for 3 weekends, taking in $4.9-M for a domestic total of $64.9-M to date.
New Line’s horror film Annabelle: Creation came in #4 earning an estimated $4-M from 3,003 locations for a North American box office of $96.3-M.
The Weinstein Co.’s Wind River rounded out the top five with $3.2-M for a domestic take of $25-M.
At the specialty box office
9/11, a new drama starring Charlie Sheen, came DOA, grossing an estimated $162,540 from 400 theaters for a location average of $406.
Have some fun, see a movie this week.
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