With Record $51M Friday Opening Stephen King’s ‘IT’ Looking At $100M+ Weekend

It-record-weekend-opening-kingBox office experts had predicted that IT, the heavily-anticipated film adaptation of Stephen King’s scary novel,  could experience a huge opening weekend, but according to The Hollywood Reporter,  the Andy Muschietti film is now possibly looking at the biggest opening ever for a horror movie, or for the month of September.

The film scared up a massive $51 million on Friday from 4,103 theaters for a weekend debut projected to be north of $100 million mark.  IT had been projected to open to $65 million-$70 million for the entire weekend, which would still have been a record. This is just the jolt the languishing domestic box office needed after seven straight down weekends, resulting in the worst summer in recent memory, as attendance fell to a 25-year low.

But the record shattering does not stop there. Stephen King’s IT could land the biggest start ever for a horror film, not accounting for inflation. And right now, the film’s take is the largest opening ever for the month of September. Friday’s  box office was bigger than the previous September crown holder, Hotel Transylvania 2, which pulled in $48.5 million for the three days. In addition, the Friday haul almost matched the opening weekend of Paranormal Activity 3 ($52.6 million), which is the current record-holder for top horror opening.

Here is where things get even crazier. Stephen King’s IT also snatched the biggest Friday ever for an R-rated title, away from  Deadpool which opened $47 million. And it’s Thursday preview gross of $15.3 million was the best ever for an R-rated title (besting Deadpool at $12.7 million). Now, horror films do traditionally drop from Friday to Saturday, but IT could prove the exception to the rule. The other unknown this weekend is Hurricane Irma, which could hurt overall revenue by as much as 5-6 percent. However, analysts don’t expect the disruption to be significant since horror films generally under-index in Florida.

What do you think? Will you be adding to ITs earnings this weekend?

Source: THR

10 Stephen King Adaptations Hollywood Needs To Get Right

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Stephen King ItWith The Dark Tower and It, two of King’s most famous and beloved works, reaching the big screen, it feels like the gates are opening on a new age of Stephen King adaptations

Already we’ve seen 1) a new Carrie movie, 2) Under the Dome and 11/22/63 get TV adaptations 3) Netflix’s upcoming Gerald’s Game, 4) a TV series based on the Mr. Mercedes trilogy, 5) Josh Boone looks to make Revival his follow-up to X-Men: The New Mutants, 5) a new version of Hearts in Atlantis is in the works (just called Hearts) and 6) a Cujo remake, with the amazing title of C.U.J.O. Even Cell got made, plus a personal favorite of mine The Mist is back in the form of a new Syfy series airing later this year (based on both the original novella and Frank Darabont’s superb 2007 film).

Our age of cinematic universes feels tailor-made for the world-renowned author. King is known not only for his productivity but for how his stories interlock together in the same universe (multiverse, if you want to get specific). His entire oeuvre is connected by characters, locations, and events, all centered around the literal and figurative Dark Tower, the structure and book series sit at the center of King’s worlds. Of course, no one entity owns the rights to all of King’s works, so we won’t be seeing, say, Pennywise the Dancing Clown say hi to Idris Elba’s gunslinger in a movie anytime soon, but it speaks to King’s continued relevance.

There are, of course, the adaptations that are sacrosanct and need to no update, plus others where we are simply waiting to see if they happen. Speaking of Darabont, he delivered a trilogy of amazing King adaptations in my opinion between The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and The Mist. Rob Reiner also mastered the artform, giving us Stand by Me and Misery. There’s already a perfectly-good The Dead Zone movie and TV show. The Tommyknockers and Desperation got the miniseries treatment in 1991 and 2006, respectively. The latter came with a teleplay by King himself, while the former was announced for a new miniseries back in 2013 along with Rosemary’s Baby, the failure of which may have something to do with the radio silence since the announcement. The Shining is actually not one, with King famously disliking the Stanley Kubrick film enough to make a miniseries of his own to “correct” the record (and a Shining prequel is first on our list).

While some works defy or seek re-adaptation, the breadth of the man’s work means there’s plenty of new stuff to mine in the coming years as well. Click Next to learn which to watch out for!

Honorable mentions: The Dark Half, Dolores Claiborne, Apt Pupil, Dreamcatcher

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Colin Costello

Colin Costello

A self-professed geek and DC Comics fan, Colin is a working screenwriter with two family features under his belt.