Audiences will float to Stephen King’s ‘It’ this weekend

It’s a weekend horror fans have been dreading (in a good way) for years, as one of the genre’s greatest icons gets the big screen treatment. How will it perform? No clowning around – here’s our prediction:

Thirty-one years after it arrived on bookshelves, and twenty-seven after scaring up an audience with Tim Curry and an ABS mini-series, Stephen King’s It comes to movie theatres. Anticipation is high, and reviews for the Andy Muschietti-directed film are through the roof. Bill Skarsgård stars as Pennywise the Clown, who is behind the disappearance of children throughout the town of Derry. Luckily, it appears as though the poor North American performance of The Dark Tower this past August has done nothing to dull the excitement for Stephen King or this classic horror tale. Look for It to arrive in first place with a massive $65 million.

As for the rest of the top five, the new Reese Witherspoon film Home Again should debut in second place, but well behind It with just $10 million. The Hitman’s Bodyguard will drop to third place with $6 million. Wind River will be in fourth place with $4.5 million, while Leap! close things out in fifth place with $3.5 million.

So, to recap, here are our predictions:

1) It – $65 million
2) Home Again – $10 million
3) The Hitman’s Bodyguard – $6 million
4) Wind River – $4.5 million
5) Leap! – $3.5 million

Be sure to check on Friday to see how the weekend turns out…if you dare!

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