Stephen King’s “It” turned out to be the solution to a sleepy domestic box-office, the film took the top-spot this weekend and broke records along the way. The horror-thriller has already broken the record for largest opening in September, more than doubling it, a record that was put in place by “Hotel Transylvania 2” when it opened with $48.4M back in 2015. The real test of terror comes next weekend, when “It” has to battle other thrillers like Jennifer Lawrence’s “mother!,” which is also on our Fall 2016 Thriller list.
By the end of the weekend “It” will have grossed an estimated $117M for Warner Bros. Pictures, easily taking the top-spot on the charts this week. The film now has the single greatest opening weekend in September’s box-office history, and is on the way to breaking the all-time high for horror-thrillers. “It” was directed by Andy Muschietti, working from a screenplay written by Chase Palmer and Cary Fukunaga. The film is based on the original story written by Stephen King, and stars Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, and Finn Wolfhard. Amazon is offering the original TV movie-series event in HD for $3 this weekend, just to celebrate the film’s release with fans. If you love to track box-office records, “It” has to clear $232M domestically to become the largest gross for an R-rated horror film.
While it may be a distant second, “Home Again” did win the silver over the film’s opening weekend. “Home Again” brought in $9M across 2,940 locations across the country. “Home Again” was written and directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer, the film stars Nat Wolff, Reese Witherspoon, and Lake Bell.
Dropping from first to third this week was “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” from Lionsgate. The action-comedy made an estimated $4.85M, while remaining in 3,322 locations. That was enough to take third-place overall at the domestic box-office. To date, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” has made almost $65M in just four-weeks. “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” was directed by Patrick Hughes and written by Tom O’Connor. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, and Gary Oldman.
“Annabelle: Creation,” also from Warner Bros. Pictures, made another $4M this weekend. The film took fourth-place overall at the box-office, and has grossed over $96M in five-weeks. “Annabelle 2” was directed by David F. Sandberg, working from a script written by Gary Dauberman. The film stars Stephanie Sigman, Miranda Otto, and Lulu Wilson.
“Wind River” remained in 2,890 locations this weekend, and brought-in another $3M. That was enough to remain in the top-five for another week. The once limited-release has now grossed over $25M for The Weinstein Company in six-weeks, a huge win for the studio. “Wind River” was written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, the film stars Kelsey Asbille, Jeremy Renner, Julia Jones, and Elizabeth Olsen.
Next week “It” will have to battle “All I See is You,” “American Assassin,” and “mother!” at the box-office. These high-profile releases could hinder the film’s record-breaking chances of beating the “Paranormal Activity 3” $232M domestic total. We will watch the box-office closely over the next few weeks, to see if “It” can scare-up the domestic cash to become number-one