0830 GMT September 19, 2019
The new freaky-scary film by that title broke records over the weekend as the largest September opening and largest opening for an R-rated horror film in North American theaters, industry data showed on Monday, AFP reported.
'It', starring Bill Skarsgard as a creepy clown who terrorizes children in a sleepy Maine town, pulled in $123.4 million, industry monitor Exhibitor Relations reported.
The movie, from Argentine director Andy Muschietti, comes amid one of the slowest cinematic summers in years — and likely would have done better but for the impact of Hurricane Irma on Florida moviegoers.
Coming in second — but left far back in the dust — was another new release, 'Home Again' from Open Road Films, with a take of just $8.6 million.
In third was a movie that had clung to a box office lead for three straight weeks, 'The Hitman's Bodyguard' from Lionsgate, which netted $4.8 million.
The action comedy stars Ryan Reynolds as a bodyguard hired to protect a notorious hitman played by Samuel L. Jackson.
Next was another Warner Bros. horror film, 'Annabelle: Creation', which took $4 million. It is part of the popular 'Conjuring' series of movies.
And in fifth was 'Wind River' from the Weinstein Co., at $3.1 million. It stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen as federal agents trying to solve a murder on an Indian reservation.
Rounding out the top 10 were:
'Leap!' ($2.4 million)
'Spider-Man: Homecoming' ($2 million)
'Dunkirk' ($1.9 million)
'Logan Lucky' ($1.7 million)
'The Emoji Movie' ($1.1 million)