Monday Morning Box Office Report: It Delivers Biggest Opening Ever for a Horror Movie


Stephen King is back in a big way. Warner Brothers and New Line’s adaptation of It went above and beyond the already lofty expectations, bringing in an astounding $123.1 million over the weekend. It put up the kinds of numbers usually reserved for comic book movies, destroying the opening weekend record for September and also setting a new record for horror movies in general. Most sources are reporting that Paranormal Activity 3 held the previous record with $52.5 million, but this also easily beats I Am Legend ($77 million) and World War Z ($66 million). It didn’t, however, top the last few Twilight movies, although I don’t think most people would count them as horror movies. Either way, it seems that the fear of clowns, Stranger Things connection and Stephen King nostalgia all combined for a massive windfall even despite the arrival of Hurricane Irma and the first weekend of football. Home Again opened in second place with $9 million, while The Hitman’s Bodyguard and Annabelle: Creation fell to third and fourth respectively. Wind River rounded out the top 5. Meanwhile, 9/11 opened in 32nd place, earning a pitiful $120,500 from 425 screens.

It — $123.1M
Home Again — $9M
The Hitman’s Bodyguard — $4.9M
Annabelle: Creation — $4M
Wind River — $3.2M
Leap! — $2.5M
Spider-Man: Homecoming — $2M
Dunkirk — $2M
Logan Lucky — $1.8M
The Emoji Movie — $1.1M

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  • Flo Lieb
  • 1138sw

    Ya gotta think good word of mouth and decent Critic reviews helped. Plus the lack of competition and resurgence of SK helps. I’m looking forward to seeing this!

  • Jameson

    This is great news, not only that It made this much but that it dethroned Paranormal Activity 3.

  • Tommy

    Is making over 13 times what the #2 did a record too?

  • pineapplepuss

    I really enjoyed It! What did you think of It?

  • Lisa V Benson

    Really well done! I wish that Dark Tower had been better.