Geez. After a disappointing summer box office season for Hollywood, it was beginning to look like 2017 might be a disaster, but then Pennywise came in and saved the day. We told you on Friday that ‘It‘ got off to a wonderful start on Thursday night with $13.5 million. The projections had it bringing in close to $80 million during its opening weekend.
But that $80 million prediction was way off. The adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novel brought in an estimated $123.1 million during its opening weekend.
That’s the largest opening for a film debuting in September, and when we say largest, we mean LARGEST. It beat the previous record held by Hotel Transylvania 2 by nearly $75 million. It’s also the largest opening for a horror movie ever. And it was the third biggest opening of the year, only behind Beauty and the Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore, told CNN that the success of ‘It’ has sprinkled new life into the 2017 box office.
“It’ put some much needed air back in the box office balloon. Suddenly the entire narrative has shifted from doom and gloom to optimism. ‘It’ effectively hits the reset button and creates new found momentum.”
By the way, I watched this movie on Saturday night in a packed theater, and it was one of the best movie experiences I’ve had all year. I’d say the only other film I enjoyed more was Baby Driver.[mashshare]