Weekend Box Office: 'IT' Floats To the Top

Weekend Box Office: 'IT' Floats To the Top

Weekend Box Office: 'IT' Floats To the Top

Find out more about the It box office below.

The horror film follows a group of kids as the evil Pennywise the clown emerges from sewers to terrorize them and their town. Bill Skarsgard takes on the iconic role in the film, which will be set in the "80s".

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. Not only that, but it's the largest three-day opening weekend for an R-rated movie, the third largest box office opening of the year, the biggest opening for any September release, and the largest opening weekend for New Line Cinema. Pictures, this Friday is going to be the best opening day ever for an R-rated and horror title. The movie's Friday take alone was bigger than the previous September crown holder, "Hotel Transylvania 2", which pulled in 48.5 million US dollars for the three days in 2015, according to the Hollywood Reporter. IT's performance is very welcome in Hollywood, which has been struggling after the summer box office hit its lowest figures in 20 years.

All of this is made more impressive by the fact that the film did all of this with a relatively modest budget of roughly $35 million.

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IT can partly thank the lack of competition for its success. Depending on where the actual weekend numbers land on Monday, IT's opening may wind up being the biggest box office debut since Guardians of the Galaxy Volume Two opened with $145 million this past May.

The film received generally positive reviews from critics and earned 86% on Rotten Tomatoes. Director Andy Muschietti is likely to return as well, with the helmer saying he wants the sequel to explore the "cosmic dimension" of the novel. Almost two-thirds of the opening weekend crowds for the big screen debut of Pennywise were over the age of 25. Normally on the weekend after Labor Day, the top film in the country would be a turkey lucky enough to open near the $10 million mark before scurrying off to home video.

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

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