It's difficult to imagine that anybody could have predicted how much of a sensation Andy Muschietti's adaptation of Stephen King's IT was going to be. Originally predicted for around a $50-$60 million opening, the highly-praised horror film has grossed a record breaking $123.1 million on its opening weekend.
In a year filled with massive budget superhero films and studio tentpoles, it's a huge shock that IT has scored the third highest opening weekend of the year. Only Beauty and the Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 earned more this year.
The most recent record holder for highest opening in September was Hotel Transylvania 2 in 2015 with $48.5 million, but IT has more than doubled that. This also isn't the only record the film has broken: it's also the largest opening for a horror or supernatural film. That record was previously held by Paranormal Activity 3, which opened with $52.6 million in 2011. Deadpool still holds the record for largest opening of an R-rated film with $132.4 million, but IT comes in second place.
In addition to the domestic weekend total, IT has also brought in an additional $62 million from overseas markets. Warner Bros. and New Line have to be incredibly happy with this total, seeing as the film only cost $35 million to produce.
If you want to check out my review of IT, you can read it here. Let me know what you thought of the film, either down in the comments or on Twitter @JamesPorter97.