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The Wall Street Journal: ‘It’ screams to box-office record with $117.2 million weekend

Hollywood got a much-needed jolt after a disappointing summer thanks to two letters: “It.”

The adaptation of Stephen King’s 1986 novel broke several box-office records as it opened to a massive $117.2 million in the U.S. and Canada, according to studio estimates. “It” more than doubled the prior highest September opening, $48.5 million for “Hotel Transylvania 2” in 2015, and the record opening for a horror movie, previously $52.6 million for 2011’s “Paranormal Activity 3.”

Early September is typically one of the slowest times of the year at the box office. But “It” proved that in the current environment, people go to theaters not based on a calendar date but because a movie breaks into the zeitgeist and becomes must-see.

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