Magazine article Screen International

UK Box Office: 'It' Scores Biggest Ever Horror Debut

Magazine article Screen International

UK Box Office: 'It' Scores Biggest Ever Horror Debut

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Warner Bros’ horror posts biggest September opening of all time.

‘IT’

UK TOP FIVE

Ranking Film/Distributor Weekend gross Running total

1 It (WB) $13m (£9.9m) $13m (£9.9m)

2 American Made (Universal) $886,000 (£671,850) $5.7m (£4.33m)

3 Dunkirk (WB) $826,000 (£626,223) $72.6m (£55.05m)

4 The Emoji Movie (Sony) $718,000 (£544,000) $17.4m (£13.2m)

5 The Hitman’s Bodyguard (Lionsgate) $639,000 (£484,156) $8.7m (£6.58m)

(Note - Dollar conversions are based on today’s rates)

WARNER BROS

It exceeded all expectations with the biggest horror opening of all time at the UK box office.

Warner Bros’ well-received horror floated to an excellent non-final $13m (£9.9m) from its 605 sites, marking the fifth biggest Fri-Sun opening of 2017 and seventh-biggest overall opening of the year to date.

Alongside its achievement as the biggest horror opening of all time, It also posted the biggest September opening of all time, topping Bridget Jones’s Baby’s $10.7m (£8.11m) from 641 sites last year.

The Stephen King adaptation will shortly become the highest grossing horror of the year and given its strong reviews and word-of-mouth, IT should enjoy a lengthy run and potentially hit £30m if it avoids the usual fast-burn nature of genre films.

Also for Warner Bros, Dunkirk dropped a slim 34% on its way to a $826,000 (£626,223) eighth weekend for $72.6m (£55.05m) to date, making it the 19th highest-grossing film of all time at the UK box office.

Hit by the success of It, Annabelle: Creation fell a steep 71% with a $216,000 (£163,605) fifth weekend for $10.7m (£8.08m) to date.

UNIVERSAL

Dropping to second, Universal’s American Made fell 31% with an $886,000 (£671,850) third weekend for $5.7m (£4.33m) to date.

Also for Universal, Despicable Me 3 dropped a slim 27% on its way to a $500,000 (£378,927) 11th weekend for $60.9m (£46.2m) so far, while Girls Trip has reached $11.4m (£8.66m) after seven weeks in play.

SONY

Falling only 25% in its sixth weekend, Sony’s The Emoji Movie added $718,000 (£544,000) for $17.4m (£13.2m) to date. It should do well on weekends over the coming weeks with a lack of animated competition.

Also for Sony, Spider-Man: Homecoming swung to an extra $149,000 (£113,000) for $40m (£30. …

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