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IT Scores Box Office Records with Monster-Sized Opening Weekend

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IT Scores Box Office Records with Monster-Sized Opening Weekend

But salvation has come - at least for now - in the shape of a horror movie.

The adaptation of Stephen King's 1986 novel broke several box office records as it opened to a massive $117.2 million in the USA and Canada, according to studio estimates.

And at the specialty box office, Charlie Sheen's new drama 9/11 fell REALLY flat, drawing just $162,450 from 400 theaters - which equates out to a brutal average of $406 per location.

Audience scores are as high as they get for the horror genre so positive word-of-mouth will lead to plenty of more business ahead. Darren Aronofsky's mother! may have suddenly popped up out of nowhere in its publicity push, and it has quite the list of names in its cast, but it's also only opening at 2,500 theaters according to Mojo. This makes Wonder Woman the fifth biggest superhero film release ever at the domestic box office, moving past Iron Man 3, which made $409 million. The worldwide sum hit $495.3M while the global gross rose to $823M passing the $816.3M of Wonder Woman in the process.

In 46 overseas markets, the movie earned another $62 million, bringing its global debut to $185 million. KatzSmith Productions, Lin Pictures and RatPac-Dune Entertainment produces, with New Line Cinema distributing. In recent years New Line has had a run of successful horror films including "The Conjuring" series and its "Annabelle" spin offs. In addition to the best-selling book, many people know "It" from a popular 1990 television miniseries adaptation made by a company now owned by Warner. 65% were over 25.

With the record-breaking opening for "It" and potentially strong titles on the docket for the rest of the year, there's renewed hope that the box office can get back on the right track before year's end.

The remake of the Stephen King story is also a victor with critics, sitting now at 87 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, 70 percent on Metacritic and scoring a B+ Cinemascore.

"It's humbling when something performs behind your wildest expectations", says Warner Bros.

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