The anticipated big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s IT smashed records at the box office during its opening weekend.
According to reports, the R-rated horror film earned a whopping $123.1 million at 4,103 locations, becoming the third-largest opening weekend of 2017. Only Beauty and the Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 earned more this year.
IT also broke the record for largest September debut, previously held by Hotel Transylvania 2, which opened with $48.5 million in 2015; and became the biggest opening weekend by a horror or supernatural film — Paranormal Activity 3 took in $52.6 million in 2011. Finally, IT is second for all R-rated movie launches, behind Deadpool, which opened in 2016 with $132.4 million.
In 46 overseas markets, the movie earned another $62 million, bringing its global debut to $185 million.
The box office haul was huge, given IT had an estimated $35 million production budget.
IT also received positive reviews, including 87% on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ CinemaScore.
The movie was directed by Andy Muschietti, known for the 2013 horror film Mama. Actor Bill Skarsgard stars as Pennywise the Clown, who terrorizes young children in Derry, Maine.
We spoke to Muschietti and Skarsgard about Pennywise in a recent interview, which you can read here.