Box Office Monster ‘It’ Scores Record Opening

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STEPHEN KING wrote “It.” Warner Bros. and New Line made “It.” And audiences seem to love “It.”

The new freaky–scary film by that title broke records over the weekend as the largest September opening and largest opening for an R–rated horror film in North American theaters, industry data showed on Monday.

“It,” starring Bill Skarsgard as a creepy clown who terrorizes children in a sleepy Maine town, pulled in RM519 million, industry monitor Exhibitor Relations reported.

The movie, from Argentine director Andy Muschietti, comes amid one of the slowest cinematic summers in years — and likely would have done better but for the impact of Hurricane Irma on Florida moviegoers.

Coming in second — but left far back in the dust — was another new release, “Home Again” from Open Road Films, with a take of just RM36 million. The romantic comedy has Reese Witherspoon unexpectedly finding herself living with three young men after a separation from her husband.

In third was a movie that had clung to a box office lead for three straight weeks, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” from Lionsgate, which netted RM20 million.

The action comedy stars Ryan Reynolds as a bodyguard hired to protect a notorious hitman played by Samuel L. Jackson.

Next was another Warner Bros. horror film, “Annabelle: Creation,” which took RM17 million. It is part of the popular “Conjuring” series of movies.

And in fifth was “Wind River” from the Weinstein Co., at RM13 million. It stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen as federal agents trying to solve a murder on an Indian reservation.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

“Leap!” US$2.4 million (RM10.1 million)

“Spider–Man: Homecoming” US$2 million (RM8.4 million)

“Dunkirk” US$1.9 million (RM8 million)

“Logan Lucky” US$1.7 million (RM7.15 million)

“The Emoji Movie” US$1.1 million (RM4.63 million)