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Stephen King’s It launches with monster US$179 million at worldwide box office

Stephen King’s It launches with monster US$179 million at worldwide box office
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Stephen King’s It launches with monster US$179 million at worldwide box office

LOS ANGELES — “It” is terrorising the box office all over the world.

Warner Bros and New Line’s adaptation of the Stephen King book is launching to US$179 million (S$240 million) worldwide, including a record-breaking $117 million North American debut. The movie is taking in an impressive $62 million from 46 territories abroad.

“It” was directed by Andy Muschietti, who is already being courted for another instalment. Bill Skarsgard stars as Pennywise the Clown, who terrorises young children in Derry, Maine. The rest of the cast includes Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Nicholas Hamilton, and Jackson Robert Scott in supporting roles.

The R-rated horror pic took in US$12.3 million in the UK, accounting for 82 per cent of the market there. Other top territories include Russia (US$6.7 million), Australia (US$5.9 million), and Brazil (US$5.6 million).

But while “It” is the most exciting new release of the weekend, it is not topping the international box office charts. That honour goes to Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is stringing in US$71.8 million from 47 territories. Most of that sum comes from the US$70.3 million it’s earning in China. Hollywood movies have greatly benefited in the past few weeks from the Middle Kingdom lifting its summer blackout period, which reserves theatrical releases for home-grown films, like the massive success Wolf Warriors II. Homecoming has now earned well over US$800 million — its worldwide total will be $823 million after this weekend.

Otherwise, Dunkirk is closing in on US$500 million worldwide after picking up an additional US$13.5 million from 52 territories abroad. And the Tom Cruise vehicle American Made has yet to open in the states, but US$8.1 million from 43 international spots raises its foreign total to US$33.4 million so far. Other top foreign earners are Annabelle: Creation (US$8.6 million) and The Hitman’s Bodyguard (US$7.9 million). VARIETY.COM/REUTERS