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By Bill Wine

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Commercially speaking, It had it.

The youth-oriented horror thriller based on the novel by Stephen King ran away with the box office crown on fall’s initial movie weekend, earning an estimated $117 million on its weekend debut – the biggest September opening ever.

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In a far-distant second place was the new romantic comedy-drama, Home Again, starring Reese Witherspoon, which took in a modest $9 million.

Holdovers rounded out the top five, as The Hitman’s Bodyguard earned another $5 million, Annabelle: Creation $4 million, and Wind River $3 million.

Overall, industry-wide totals not just surpassed but actually doubled those of last weekend – summer’s very quiet final weekend — and were also well ahead of those of a year ago.

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