It is a hit. The Stephen King adaptation from New Line and Warner Bros. has earned a record-breaking $117.2 million from 4,103 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, per the AP. (One factor helping: Reviews are strong.) Before this weekend Paranormal Activity 3 had the biggest horror opening with $52.6 million from 2011, and the highest September debut was Hotel Transylvania 2 at $48.5 million in 2015.
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 Skarsgard as the homicidal clown Pennywise. It's the first of a planned two-part series. The overwhelming dominance of It made the rest of the charts look downright anemic: The Reese Witherspoon romantic comedy Home Again came in second at $9 million, followed by the Hitman's Bodyguard at $4.9 million, Annabelle: Creation at $4 million, and Wind River at $3.2 million. (Read more box office stories.)