Warners was cautious in its modeling because of Hurricane Irma in Florida and the commencement of the Sunday NFL broadcast season.
Overseas, It also wowed with a $62 million launch from 46 markets.
The film adaptation of Stephen King's novel about a group of misfit kids in the 1980s who battle the demonic Pennywise the Dancing Clown is a needed win for Hollywood and theater owners after a difficult summer that saw attendance fall to a 25-year low and revenue plummet by 15 percent.
Stephen King through the years
Stephen King through the years
FILE PHOTO CIRCA 1970 - Best-selling horror author Stephen King was in serious condition in a Maine hospital late June 19 after being hit by a van near his summer home, west of Portland, Maine, a hospital spokesman said. The author of "Carrie," "Children of the Corn," and other major novels made into films was taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston after being struck from behind.
Author Stephen King (L) and cast member Donnie Wahlberg arrive for the
U.S. premiere of the film "Dreamcatcher" March 19, 2003 in Los Angeles.
Wahlberg stars as Douglas "Duddits" Cavell in the film based on the
book by King. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith
Author Stephen King signs copies of his books, as part of The New Yorker Festival, in New York, September 24, 2005. Picture taken September 24, 2005. REUTERS/Albert Ferreira/Handout
Author Stephen King holds up a pink Amazon Kindle 2 electronic reader at a news conference in New York where the device was introduced, February 9, 2009. The Kindle 2, latest incarnation of the digital book reader is a slimmer version with more storage and a feature that reads text aloud to users. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES)
Boston Red Sox fan and author Stephen King watches the Red Sox play the Los Angeles Angels during Game 3 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoff at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, October 5, 2008. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES)
Author Stephen King speaks at a news conference to introduce the new Amazon Kindle 2 electronic reader in New York, U.S. on February 9, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo
Author Stephen King looks towards U.S. President Barack Obama during the citation reading to award King with the National Medal of Arts during a ceremony at the White House in Washington September 10, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Barack Obama presents author Stephen King with the National Medal of Arts during a ceremony at the White House in Washington September 10, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Author of contemporary horror, Stephen King is a guest on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 11/2/15, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 15: Author Stephen King signs copies of his new book 'Revival: A Novel' at Book People on November 15, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: Author Stephen King signs the copies of his book 'Revival' at Barnes & Noble Union Square on November 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
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It broke numerous records, including speeding past Paranormal Activity 3 ($52.6 million) to land the biggest horror opening. It also marks a best for a King adaptation, and is the biggest September debut of all time, eclipsing Hotel Transylvania 2 ($48.5 million).
Directed for New Line by Argentine filmmaker Andres Muschietti (Mama) and costing a modest $35 million to produce, It turned into a movie for all audiences and not just younger horror fans. Roughly 65 percent of ticket buyers were over the age of 25. The genre can often skew heavily female, but males turned out in force this time (49 percent).
"It's humbling whens something performs behind your wildest expectations," says Warner Bros. Pictures president and chief content officer Toby Emmerich, who previously ran New Line.
Adds comScore box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian: "It has certainly brought big dollars back to the movie theater, and not a moment too soon."