“IT” Scores $179M Worldwide Opening Weekend

The first in a two-film adaptation of Stephen King’s “IT” continues to surge past expectations at the box-office with the movie beating earlier estimates and set to take in a $117.2 million domestic haul for its opening weekend.

That’s a stunning $28,552 per screen average across 4,103 screens. Additionally, the film has earned a further $62 million from global markets, bringing its worldwide total to $179.2 million.

“IT” has also broken many records – largest opening weekend for a horror film, an R-rated film, a September film, and a film from distributor New Line Cinema. Its domestic haul is the third largest opening of the year, behind only Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”.

The success was even with the handicap of the devastation of Hurricane Irma closing approximately 175 theaters in Florida – lowering the potential gross by about 5-6%.

Far behind in second place was the Reese Witherspoon-led romantic comedy “Home Again,” while last week’s winner “$4.9 million” opened in third to $4.9 million.

Source: Box-Office Mojo