An evil entity haunts a small Maine town every 27 years in the form of a killer clown in the horror film ‘It.’ Warner Bros.
LOS ANGELES — It is a hit.
The Stephen King adaptation has earned a record-breaking $117.2 million from 4,100 locations, according to studio estimates on Sunday.
Not only is It now the largest opening for a horror movie ever and the largest September opening of all time, the film more than doubled the earnings of the previous record holders.
It also had a modest price tag, costing around $35 million to produce.
The R-rated pic is directed by Andy Muschietti and stars Bill Skarsgård as the homicidal clown Pennywise. It’s the first of a planned two-part series.
The success of It comes after a tumultuous and underperforming summer moviegoing season that left the year-to-date box office down nearly 7% from last year.
Rounding out the top five: the Reese Witherspoon rom-com Home Again ($9 million), Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson‘s action buddy movie The Hitman’s Bodyguard (sliding to third place with $4.9 million), horror movie Annabelle: Creation ($4 million) and the Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen thriller Wind River ($3.2 million).
Final numbers are expected Monday.
Contributing: Kim Willis
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