6:40am PT by Pamela McClintock
Box-Office Preview: Stephen King's 'It' to Scare Up Record September Opening
Thank Stephen King for kicking off the fall box office in fine style following a dismal summer.
If prerelease tracking is right, the film adaptation It looks to scare up a record opening for the month of September. Tracking services show the New Line and Warner Bros. release opening between $65 million and $75 million domestically.
Insiders at Warner Bros. are being more conservative in suggesting between $60 million and $65 million, noting the movie's R rating.
Directed by Argentine filmmaker Andy Muschietti (Mama), It tells the story of the Losers' Club, a group of misfit children who battle the demonic Pennywise the Dancing Clown (Bill Skarsgard) in the small town of Derry, Maine.
The current record holder for best September opening is Hotel Transylvania 2 ($48.5 million).
The weekend's other new nationwide offering is the romantic comedy Home Again, starring Reese Witherspoon. Hallie Meyers-Shyer directed and wrote the movie, with her mother, filmmaker Nancy Meyers, producing.
Tracking suggests Home Again will debut in the $10 million range for Open Road Films.