‘IT’ clown film takes in huge money at the box office


The latest film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, “It,” arrived in theaters over the weekend. Widely viewed as the industry’s best hope for salvation from declining ticket sales, the movie did not disappoint.

According to the latest figures, “It” brought in $123.4 million, giving it the distinction of being the biggest September opening of all time, as well as the highest horror debut ever, by a margin of more than $70 million.

The 1986 horror novel was previously adapted into a television miniseries starring Tim Curry as the story’s main antagonist, Pennywise the Clown. In the latest version, produced by Warner Bros., Pennywise was played by Bill Skarsgård, a lesser known actor who made his first major American film debut in “The Divergent Series: Allegiant.”

The 2017 version of “It” reportedly only cost $35 million to produce, and it’s profitability and success were anticipated. In fact, the movie sets up a sequel, expected to open in theaters in 2019.

Stephen King recently made waves when he issued a punishment to President Donald J. Trump. King, who is a vocal critic of the president, was recently blocked from Trump’s Twitter account.

King responded to the block on Twitter, forbidding the president from seeing “It.”

King’s tweet read: “No clowns for you, Donald. Go float yourself.” The “go float yourself” comment is a reference to a popular character’s death within the story, giving the implication that King is telling Trump to kill himself.

Also at the box office this weekend was the Reese Witherspoon romantic comedy, “Home Again,” which came in a very distant second place with $8.6 million in sales for its first weekend in theaters, continuing the trend of mostly dismal Hollywood offerings and of a public that is less than encouraged to patronize them.

To follow is a list of the top 20 film offerings over the weekend, with their associated sales and theater distributions, as complied on Monday by comScore and reported by Fox Business:

1. “It,” Warner Bros., $123,403,419, 4,103 locations, $30,076 average, $123,403,419, 1 Week.

2. “Home Again,” Open Road, $8,567,881, 2,940 locations, $2,914 average, $8,567,881, 1 Week.

3. “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” Lionsgate, $4,801,745, 3,322 locations, $1,445 average, $64,848,752, 4 Weeks.

4. “Annabelle: Creation,” Warner Bros., $4,003,115, 3,003 locations, $1,333 average, $96,270,125, 5 Weeks.

5. “Wind River,” The Weinstein Company, $3,132,362, 2,890 locations, $1,084 average, $24,924,354, 6 Weeks.

6. “Leap!,” The Weinstein Company, $2,443,405, 2,691 locations, $908 average, $15,817,841, 3 Weeks.

7. “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” Sony, $2,006,749, 1,657 locations, $1,211 average, $327,694,543, 10 Weeks.

8. “Dunkirk,” Warner Bros., $1,861,601, 2,110 locations, $882 average, $183,021,880, 8 Weeks.

9. “Logan Lucky,” Bleecker Street, $1,669,875, 2,167 locations, $771 average, $25,072,116, 4 Weeks.

10. “Emoji Movie, The,” Sony, $1,138,516, 1,450 locations, $785 average, $82,595,374, 7 Weeks.

11. “Despicable Me 3,” Universal, $933,240, 1,274 locations, $733 average, $259,981,415, 11 Weeks.

12. “Girls Trip,” Universal, $819,855, 1,123 locations, $730 average, $113,378,325, 8 Weeks.

13. “The Dark Tower,” Sony, $757,159, 948 locations, $799 average, $48,910,620, 6 Weeks.

14. “Wonder Woman,” Warner Bros., $660,442, 961 locations, $687 average, $410,501,584, 15 Weeks.

15. “Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature,” Open Road, $576,818, 1,235 locations, $467 average, $27,468,712, 5 Weeks.

16. “The Glass Castle,” Lionsgate, $533,828, 1,037 locations, $515 average, $16,078,713, 5 Weeks.

17. “True To The Game,” Independent, $472,323, 461 locations, $1,025 average, $472,323, 1 Week.

18. “All Saints,” Sony, $465,035, 834 locations, $558 average, $4,604,312, 3 Weeks.

19. “War For The Planet Of The Apes,” 20th Century Fox, $450,821, 653 locations, $690 average, $145,329,526, 9 Weeks.

20. “The Big Sick,” Lionsgate, $441,878, 535 locations, $826 average, $41,990,772, 12 Weeks.

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