Weekend box office: IT makes over 10 times more than second place

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Stephen King adaptation It was expected to do well at the box office, but its opening weekend has surpassed expectations with a $180m (£136.4m) haul that's broken all manner of Hollywood records.

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The film industry just let out a collective gasp, but it's likely one of joy rather than terror, as the new adaptation of Stephen King's IT by Andy Muschietti has smashed every conceivable projection for its opening weekend gross.

According to Box Office Mojo's calculations, It accounted for more than three quarters of the revenue taken by the top 12 US releases over the last weekend. That's a staggeringly huge figure for any movie to open with, and a basically impossible one - until now, apparently - for an R-rated horror movie.

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Horror movies don't usually land at the box office like this. Hell, horror movies don't do this type of business, regardless of rating. As the third-largest opening weekend in 2017, the new horror film only falls behind Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2 and Beauty and the Beast. The road ahead is bright for It which could finish its domestic run in the $250-300M range which is just mind-blowing for a $35M production. So while a film based on his book is making millions at the box office, the legendary writer is more covered with human life - making us love him even more. Wind River dropped 49% to an estimated $3.2M while the toon Leap! fell 48% to an estimated $2.5M.

The film has raked in $123m (£93.3m) dollars on it's opening weekend, smashing records for a film released between May and November. The worldwide sum hit $495.3M while the global gross rose to $823M passing the $816.3M of Wonder Woman in the process. Warner Bros. expects an additional $62 million from overseas markets, shooting the total revenue near $180 million. It is part of the popular "Conjuring" series of movies.

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