Powered largely by the record-breaking success of the Warner Bros.’ horror flick “It,” along with an assortment of additional high-earning September releases (including Fox’s “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” Lionsgate’s “American Assassin,” Warner Bros.’ “Lego Ninjago Movie” and Open Road’s “Home Again”) and August holdovers, September 2017 brought moviegoers to the multiplex in unprecedented numbers and set a new standard for earnings potential for the month. Notably, this is also the first September to surpass a traditional summer blockbuster month (May through August) in terms of total revenue.
“Hollywood now has a new box office benchmark for September, while also surpassing the totals for the summer month of August this year,” said comScore’s Senior Media Analyst, Paul Dergarabedian. “The big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘It’ started a movie-going gold rush uncommon for this typically sleepy month that was bolstered by a unique and compelling slate of titles that sparked an exceptional level of enthusiasm by patrons who flocked to North America’s movie theaters.”
Below is a chart of historical performance for the month of September at the North American box office:
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