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Published: Mon, September 11, 2017 @ 12:00 a.m.

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‘It’ floats away with $117.2M weekend

LOS ANGELES

‘It’ is a hit.

The Stephen King adaptation from New Line and Warner Bros. shattered records over the weekend earning $117.2 million from 4,103 locations according to studio estimates Sunday.

Not only is “It” now the largest ever opening for a horror movie and the largest September opening of all time, the film more than doubled the earnings of the previous record holders.

Before this weekend “Paranormal Activity 3” had the biggest horror opening with $52.6 million from 2011, and the highest September debut was “Hotel Transylvania 2’s” $48.5 million in 2015.

Starring Bill Skarsgard as the homicidal clown Pennywise, “It” is the first of a planned two-part series. The second is slated to come out in the third quarter of 2019.

The overwhelming dominance of “It” made the rest of the charts look downright anemic. In second place was “Home Again,” with $9 million, in third place was “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” with $4.9 million, “Annabelle: Creation” took fourth with $4 million, and “Wind River” rounded out the top five with $3.2 million.

Miss North Dakota is crowned Miss America

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.

Miss North Dakota, a 23-year-old who said President Donald Trump was wrong to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, was named Miss America 2018 Sunday night in Atlantic City.

Cara Mund topped a field of 51 contestants to win the crowd in the New Jersey seaside resort, where most of the 97 Miss Americas have been selected.

Mund, who lives in Bismarck, N.D., said her goal is to be the first woman elected governor of her state. She said she wants to see more women elected to all levels of government.

The first runner-up was Miss Missouri Jennifer Davis; second runner-up was Miss New Jersey Kaitlyn Schoeffel; third runner-up was Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey, and fourth runner-up was Miss Texas Margana Wood.

Associated Press


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