This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Bill Skarsgard in a scene from 'It.'
The Associated Press
No movie stood a chance against "It" this weekend, which took in an otherworldly $123.4 million making it the biggest September opening of all time and the highest horror debut ever by over $70 million. The Warner Bros. production based on Stephen King's novel cost only $35 million to produce and sets up a sequel that is expected to come out in 2019.
In a very distant second place was the Reese Witherspoon romantic comedy "Home Again," which earned only $8.6 million in its first weekend in theaters.
Holdovers populated the rest of the top five, with "The Hitman's Bodyguard" in third with $4.8 million, "Annabelle: Creation," in fourth with $4 million and "Wind River" in fifth with $3.1 million.
The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:
19. "War For The Planet Of The Apes," 20th Century Fox, $450,821, 653 locations, $690 average, $145,329,526, 9 Weeks.
20. "The Big Sick," Lionsgate, $441,878, 535 locations, $826 average, $41,990,772, 12 Weeks.
Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.