Warner Bros. and New Line are no doubt celebrating after this past weekend.
Director Andy Muschietti’s (Mama) Stephen King adaptation It has racked up a huge box office on its opening weekend, breaking plenty of records and providing the U.S. box office slump of late with a much needed boost.
According to Box Office Mojo, It raked in a huge $US123.4 million ($AU153.6 million) in the U.S. alone, making it the strongest September opening and the most-successful horror film opening weekend in the country ever. Not only that, in just 3 days of release, it’s already the fifth-highest grossing R-rated (U.S. classification) horror film of all time in the States.
Second place at the top of the U.S. weekend box office was the Reese Witherspoon-starring Home Again, which pulled in a measly (in comparison) $US10 million.
It also aced it on this side of the world. According to figures provided to The Reel Word by Roadshow Films, the film easily took number one position at the Australian and New Zealand box office since opening on Thursday, amassing $AU7.47 million and $AU1.2 million respectfully. In comparison, The Conjuring 2‘s impressive opening took less than half – $AU3.52 million.
In Australia, the pic broke records for the biggest all-time opening weekend for a horror film, the biggest all-time September opening weekend and Warner Bros.’ biggest 2017 opening (ahead of Wonder Woman‘s $AU6.78 million and Dunkirk‘s $AU6 million).
It’s been under a week since the film hit its first markets and it’s so far made a huge $US179.1 million worldwide. That’s an impressive result for any film, let alone a higher-rated horror pic with a production budget of $US35 million. Time will tell just how high these numbers will end up. So far, so damn good.
You can find our review of It right HERE.