Box Office: Stephen King’s ‘IT’ Scores Massive $117 Million Debut

Stephen King It Pennywise Bill SkarsgardStephen King’s IT is smashing records in its debut weekend at the box office, leading off with a $117.2 million total take through Sunday.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that in addition to the massive domestic box office take, IT also scored an additional $62 million from overseas markets, leading to a worldwide total of $179.2 million for the Stephen King adaptation.

Some of the records smashed in IT‘s opening weekend include largest horror film debut, largest opening for a King adaptation, and also the largest September opening ever. The previous September record holder was Hotel Transylvania 2, with $48.5 million. IT also scored the third highest opening of the year, beating out Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s $117 million and slotting in behind Beauty and the Beast‘s $174.8 million and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2‘s $146.2 million.

Based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel. A group of young kids face their biggest fears when they seek answers to the disappearance of children in their hometown of Derry, Maine. They square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

Directed by Andy Muschietti, the film stars Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher, Wyatt Olef, Jack Grazer, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, and Bill Skarsgård.

IT is now showing in theaters everywhere.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter 

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Comic Book Characters Green Arrow Black Widow Batman R-RatedLogan and Deadpool have shown studios that R-Rated superhero movies can succeed. Sure, Watchmen and 300 kind of proved that same point in 2009, but now both Marvel and DC have said R-Rated movies are a possibility. Audiences are tired of so many comic book movies featuring similar plots, so opening more projects to the potential of being R-Rated makes it possible that different, mature stories can be told.

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  • Marquis de Sade

    …and speakin’ of Spiderman: Homecoming, its China weekend opening grossed a whoppin’ $70.8 million (and countin’), which pushed its global box office to $823 million, thus smokin’ wonder woman’s $814 million…When everythang be said n’ done, ol’ webhead will finish his theatrical run with a projected $850 – $880 global gross. MCU spanks dceu again.

    • Jacob McMillan

      That’s not very good.