Stephen King tweets IT inspired message to the victims of Hurricane Irma

The R-rated horror pic took in US$12.3 million in the United Kingdom, accounting for 82 per cent of the market there.

According to Box Office Mojo, It now has the biggest ever opening weekend for a September premiere, a fall release, and an R-rated horror film.

The anticipated big screen adaptation of Stephen King's IT smashed records at the box office during its opening weekend.

According to Box Office Mojo's calculations, It accounted for more than three quarters of the revenue taken by the top 12 USA releases over the last weekend.

"It" had the third-highest opening weekend of the year, and shattered the previous record - $48.5 million - set by "Hotel Transylvania 2" in 2015. Finally, IT is second for all R-rated movie launches, behingd Deadpool, which opened in 2016 with $132.4 million. So while a film based on his book is making millions at the box office, the legendary writer is more covered with human life - making us love him even more.

Ultimately, credit has to go to director Andy Muschietti, screenwriters Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, and Gary Dauberman, as well as the entire team behind the movie, in addition to the cast for so adeptly updating King's original tale. It also has the largest opening weekend for a horror film with any MPAA rating. Compare that to Beauty and the Beast, which was rocking a $160 million budget, or Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's $200 million budget, and IT easily has had the most profitable opening weekend of the year, and its overall gross could be just getting started. Other top foreign earners are Annabelle: Creation (US$8.6 million) and The Hitman's Bodyguard (US$7.9 million).

The film's success is good news not just for Warner, but all of Hollywood. A handful of hits, like "Despicable Me 3" and Warner's "Wonder Woman", took most of the buzz.

The remake of the Stephen King story is also a victor with critics, sitting now at 87 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, 70 percent on Metacritic and scoring a B+ Cinemascore. Flying past $900M in the end seems very likely - a popular hangout for movies which include Iron Man. Warner Bros. says an "It" sequel is coming in 2019.

  • Joey Payne