Insert whatever clown pun you’d like. Either way, Stephen King’s IT is looking to have a strong showing at the box office as it floats to the top in its second weekend since release. After shocking many with an opening of $123 million, Pennywise and the Losers Club continue to shock, break records and climb lists — earning $19.2 million on its second Friday is making sure of that.
Though Stephen King’s IT is expected to rake in $59 million when this weekend is said and done, if the film exceeds expectations (again) to earn $60 million, it will be the 21st movie ever to do so. Even if IT abides by the expectations of analysts, the film would still have the second-highest box office weekend of 2017 — that would beat Wonder Woman’s $58.5 million and finish just behind Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 which had $65.3 in that frame.
After Saturday, the King adaptation will also be the eighth-highest grossing film of 2017 — Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk hit $184 million in ten days and IT is set to have $215 million. Adding to the success is the recent conversion to IMAX screens, where it grossed $10 million in the short amount of time — giving IMAX a much-needed rebound after a poor showing by Marvel’s Inhumans.
American Assassin, Mother!, Home Again and former No. 1 The Hitman’s Bodyguard will figure to round out the top five with not nearly as impressive numbers. American Assassin is expected to take in $15.5 after earning $5.8 million on Friday, Mother! is set to make $8 million in third, while Home Again and The Hitman’s Bodyguard is expected to earn $5.3 and $3.5 million respectively.
Where will you be spending your movie dollars this weekend? If the box office is any indication, many of you have already seen IT, so is it time for Round 2? Sound off in the comments! You can read the synopsis for Stephen King’s IT below.
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 playing in theaters!
7 Movies Still Worth Catching In Theaters In 2017
The summer movie season may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some amazing films still coming out this year! It just opened the fall box office with a bang, earning the highest opening for a horror film, and there are quite a few films set to follow its lead. The holiday season in particular is always a great time for movies, with Oscar contenders and big-budget family-friendly movies being released simultaneously.
Of course, the movies on this list aren’t the only films coming out this year — they’re just some of the ones with the biggest marketing budget, making it easier for people to know they are coming out soon. So, if none of these movies seem interesting to you, do a little research and see if there are any great independent or foreign films coming to your local theaters!
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