Stephen King's "It" dominates North American box office in opening weekend

2017-09-10 21:45:34 GMT2017-09-11 05:45:34(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- American horror movie "It"dominated North American box office with an estimated 117.15million U.S. dollars in its opening weekend.

Warner Bros. and New Line's latest movie is based on renownedhorror writer Stephen King's 1986 novel of the same name. Directedby Andy Muschietti and made for around 35 million U.S. dollars, themovie tells the story of seven children in Derry, Maine, who areterrorized by the eponymous being.

"A terrific start for the Fall moviegoing season after a ratherslow Labor Day weekend as 'It'revs up a sleepy marketplace and welook forward to an amazing September at the box office, " wrotemovie analyst Paul Dergarabedian at comScore in an email toXinhua.

"It" obliterates expectations with a massive and record breaking117.15-million-U.S.-dollar September debut. This is by far thebiggest September debut ever surpassing "Hotel Transylvania 2" in2015 and sets a new benchmark for a horror movie debut, accordingto Dergarabedian.

"It" also on track to be the third-highest opening weekend of2017 behind only Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" and MarvelStudios' "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2."

Far behind in second place, the Open Road Films' "Home Again"opened with an estimated 9.02 million U.S. dollars. Written anddirected by Hallie Meyers-Shyer, the romantic comedy film tells thestory of a recently separated 40-year-old mother who moves back toher hometown of Los Angeles with her children and opens her guesthouse to three young filmmakers.

Lionsgate's action comedy film "The Hitman's Bodyguard" droppedto third place with an estimated 4.85 million U.S. dollars after athree-week lead at the gloomy North American box office.

Warner Bros.'supernatural horror film "Annabelle: Creation" tookfourth place with an estimated 4 million U.S. dollars in its fifthweekend. The Weinstein Co.'s terrific "Wind River" finished fifthwith an estimated 3.21 million U.S. dollars in its sixth weekend.Enditem