The killer clown got the last laugh this weekend. As many box office prognosticators predicted, the new big screen adaptation of Stephen King's IT floated to the top of the box office charts with ease, making $123 million against a budget of $35 million, which practically guarantees a Chapter 2 in the future. (The tougher question is this: Will New Line Cinema, the studio behind the movie, resist the urge to split the next sequel in two and turn this into a trilogy?)
What was most impressive of about the opening weekend wasn't the amount of money necessarily, but the amount of box office records the film broke.
This was a Michael Phelps-style performance: In addition to having the best September opening of all time and the best opening for a Stephen King adaptation, the scary movie also had the best opening for an R-rated horror movie ever. It had the second highest opening for an R-rated film regardless of genre, trailing only behind last year's superhero hit Deadpool. As an article on Forbes notes, it also has the lowest budget for any movie to ever cross the $100 million threshold in a single weekend. The film's investors will be able to buy a lot of clown cars with all that cash.