It Scares Up Record Breaking Number One Finish

UPDATE: The official numbers are in and It came in even higher than expected with $123.1 million!

It came. It saw. It conquered. Tracking had the film opening huge but I don’t think anyone saw this finish coming as It has given the box office the jolt it needed after hitting record breaking lows the last few weeks.

The number one film in the country is It with an estimated $117.1 million. The film has claimed the largest September opening, largest Fall opening, the largest opening for an R-rated horror film and not to mention the largest opening weekend for a horror film of any MPAA rating. The previous horror movie record holder was Paranormal Activity 3 with an opening of $52.5 million, a gross that It nearly matched on its opening day with $51 million.

The horror film’s debut was the widest opening ever for a R-rated film and as such delivered the second largest opening for a R-rated film, behind Deadpool’s $132.4 million opening last February. Additionally, the previous opening weekend record for September was held by Hotel Transylvania 2 with $48.5 million and the previous Fall opening weekend record was Gravity’s $55.7 million, neither of which stood a chance against It and combined don’t even come within $10 million.

Internationally, It brought in an estimated $62 million from 46 markets for a $179 million global debut. The overseas numbers include the largest opening weekend for a horror film in the U.K. ($12.3m), Russia ($6.7m), Australia ($5.9m), Brazil ($5.6m), Netherlands ($1.4m) and Poland ($1.15m). Upcoming releases include openings in The next key markets to open include Sweden and Mexico next week followed by France (Sep 20), Argentina (Sep 21), Germany (Sep 28) and Italy (Oct 19).

While the $117.1 million is already an achievement, Deadline believes the start could go as high as $120-123 million when the actual numbers are released following estimates so don’t be surprised if the final numbers are a bit higher.

Check out the full top ten results below:

  1. It – $123.1 million
  2. Home Again – $9 million
  3. The Hitman’s Bodyguard – $4.8 million
  4. Annabelle: Creation – $4 million
  5. Wind River – $3.2 million
  6. Leap! – $2.5 million
  7. Spider-Man: Homecoming – $2 million
  8. Dunkirk – $1.86 million
  9. Logan Lucky – $1.82 million
  10. The Emoji Movie – $1 million
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