"It" scared up a box office record, becoming the highest-grossing September release ever over the weekend.
The Warner Bros/New Line’s film generated $60 million in its second weekend, giving it a 10-day total of $218 million and toppling the record previously held by "Crocodile Dundee," which made $174.8 million in 1984, The Wrap reported.
"It" earned an 85 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which describes the adaptation of Stephen King's thriller as "well-acted and fiendishly frightening with an emotionally affecting story at its core."
Critics added that the film "amplifies the horror in Stephen King's classic story without losing touch with its heart."
Andy Muschietti’s "It" follows a group of children who are forced to stand up against an evil clown, Pennywise, who has a history of violence and murder dating back centuries.
The film received rave reviews in its first week, with various critics praising Muschietti’s eerie adaptation of King’s novel.
"The new movie, a skillful blend of nostalgic sentiment and hair-raising effects, with the visual punch of big-screen digital hocus-pocus and the liberties of the R rating, still has the soothing charm of familiarity," The New York Times noted.
"The filmmakers honor both the pastoral and the infernal dimensions of Mr. King’s distinctive literary vision."
In the face of such success, other weekend releases dulled in comparison.
The Numbers noted that "American Assassin" came in second to "It" on highest grossing films for September after grossing $14 million and, on the opposite end of the scale, "Mother!" flopped with $7.5 million over the weekend and an "F" CinemaScore.
Plans for a follow-up to "It" are underway, with The Hollywood Reporter confirming screenwriter Gary Dauberman to pen the sequel, which will be called "Chapter Two."
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