When it comes to R-rated films, the biggest opening was none other than Deadpool, setting the bar at $132.4 million.
"We couldn't be more thrilled with the results, and congratulate New Line Cinema, director Andy Muschietti and his phenomenal cast and crew on this fantastic opening". So while a film based on his book is making millions at the box office, the legendary writer is more covered with human life - making us love him even more. Saturday dipped only 10% to $45.7M which is a great hold for a horror movie that generated so much business upfront with pre-shows. The next closest finisher is The Hitman's Bodyguard, at just beyond 3,300 theaters. "What saves the film from collapsing is the acting by the children, who are effortlessly natural, whether they are just being boys or just being scared kids".
Overseas movie fans are also feeling the heat as It grossed an estimated $62M this weekend from 46 worldwide markets led by $12.3M in the U.K. Key markets like Mexico and Germany are still to come so a global run into the $500M club is certainly possible for this pop culture phenomenon.
IT also received positive reviews, including 87% on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ CinemaScore. A handful of hits, like "Despicable Me 3" and Warner's "Wonder Woman", took most of the buzz. Flying past $900M in the end seems very likely - a popular hangout for movies which include Iron Man.