‘It’ shatters the weekend box office records despite threats from Hurricane Irma

Find out more about the It box office below.

It stars Jaeden Lieberher, Wyatt Oleff, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lills, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Chosen Jacobs, and Bill Skarsgard, and follows a group of kids known as “The Losers Club” who must face their biggest fears when they square off against an ancient evil who takes the form of a clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence in Derry, Maine dates back for centuries.

The top foreign number came from the United Kingdom with an opening day of $4.6 million at 1,342 screens for an 86% share of the top five films in the market.

The previous all-time domestic opening record for the month of September belonged to 2015’s Hotel Transylvania 2, which pulled in $48.5 million. That number was the biggest opening day for a horror film and the best launch day for a Warner Bros. title this year.

Deadpool still holds the title for biggest opening weekend for an R-rated feature with a $135 million in February of 2016.

This is also an impressive figure for 2017 as a whole, which has seen flop after flop in an increasingly tough market.

It will mark the largest domestic opening since Spider-Man: Homecoming in July. IT’s performance is very welcome in Hollywood, which has been struggling after the summer box office hit its lowest figures in 20 years. For a movie that cost $35 million to make and was expected to make $75 million from the most generous predictions before this weekend, this is a huge opening for Warner Bros.

IT can partly thank the lack of competition for its success.

Warner Bros.’ It movie is proving to be a beast at the box office. Critics gave the Andres Muschietti film an 87% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 71/100 on Metacritic while ticket buyers graded IT a “B+” on CinemaScore.

Elsewhere- despite bad reviews, Reese Witherspoon and friends raked in around $10 million for “Home Again“.

Rounding out the top five was The Weinstein Company’s Wind River with $3.2 million from 2,890 theaters. Almost two-thirds of the opening weekend crowds for the big screen debut of Pennywise were over the age of 25.

You can view this weekend’s full box office results (via Box Office Mojo) below.

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