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Box office monster 'It' scores record opening

LOS ANGELES, Sept 12, 2017 (BSS/AFP) - Stephen King wrote "It." Warner Bros. and New Line made "It." And audiences seem to love "It."

The new freaky-scary film by that title broke records over the weekend as the largest September opening and largest opening for an R-rated horror film in North American theaters, industry data showed on Monday.

"It," starring Bill Skarsgard as a creepy clown who terrorizes children in a sleepy Maine town, pulled in $123.4 million, industry monitor Exhibitor Relations reported.

The movie, from Argentine director Andy Muschietti, comes amid one of the slowest cinematic summers in years -- and likely would have done better but for the impact of Hurricane Irma on Florida moviegoers.

Coming in second -- but left far back in the dust -- was another new release, "Home Again" from Open Road Films, with a take of just $8.6 million. The romantic comedy has Reese Witherspoon unexpectedly finding herself living with three young men after a separation from her husband.

In third was a movie that had clung to a box office lead for three straight weeks, "The Hitman's Bodyguard" from Lionsgate, which netted $4.8 million.

The action comedy stars Ryan Reynolds as a bodyguard hired to protect a notorious hitman played by Samuel L. Jackson.

Next was another Warner Bros. horror film, "Annabelle: Creation," which took $4 million. It is part of the popular "Conjuring" series of movies.

And in fifth was "Wind River" from the Weinstein Co., at $3.1 million. It stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen as federal agents trying to solve a murder on an Indian reservation.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

"Leap!" ($2.4 million)

"Spider-Man: Homecoming" ($2 million)

"Dunkirk" ($1.9 million)

"Logan Lucky" ($1.7 million)

"The Emoji Movie" ($1.1 million)