It’s so nice to be wrong sometimes. This weekend was absolutely massive at the box office, as one new release over-performed in the biggest of ways. Here’s what went down:
Stephen King’s It broke box office records this weekend, as it debut in first place with an estimated $123 million. Along with critical raves, It had the best first day showing ever for an R-rated film ($51 million), and the best ever Thursday night preview for an R-rated film ($13.5 million). It is the second-biggest R-rated opening ever, only trailing behind Deadpool’s $132.4 million record, set in 2016. It is the biggest horror story of the year, and bodes more than well for the 2019 release of It: Chapter Two of the saga.
As for the rest of the top five, Reese Witherspoon’s Home Again had a lacklustre debut in second place, bringing in an estimated $8.6 million. The Hitman’s Bodyguard was in third place with $4.9 million, while Annabelle: Creation was right behind it in fourth place with $4 million, Wind River closed things out in fifth with just $2 million.
So, to recap, here were 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
And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:
1) It – $123 million
2) Home Again – $8.6 million
3) The Hitman’s Bodyguard – $4.9 million
4) Annabelle: Creation – $4 million
5) Wind River – $2 million
Next weekend sees the release of American Assassin and mother!. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!