Stephen King’s ‘IT’ Sets New Tuesday Record For Horror Films

Stephen King It Pennywise Bill SkarsgardAfter its debut in theaters last week, IT has already become the highest-grossing Stephen King adaptation. The film broke many box office records including the biggest opening weekend simultaneously as a horror film and a September release.

Now, the latest King adaptation can add another record to the books. On its first Tuesday in theaters, the film grossed an impressive $11.4 million totaling the current domestic run up to $143.6 million so far.

The Tuesday tallies for IT make it the highest-grossing Tuesday at the box office for a film in the horror genre as well as a September release. With films such as the action drama American Assassin and Darren Aronofsky’s horror film mother! opening this weekend, it is likely that Pennywise and the Losers Club will remain at the top for the second week in a row.

Given that September tends to be a slower period at the box office, the tallies for IT are like an anomaly. Critical consensus for the film has been pretty solid, with the film Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with an 86% approval rating as well as a B+ audience rating from CinemaScore.

Have you guys seen IT? Did you enjoy how it brought this iconic King story to life on the big screen? Are you excited to see where IT: Chapter Two takes these characters as their adult selves in modern day? Sound off in the comments below.

Here is the synopsis for IT: 

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 and starring Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgård, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs and Jack Dylan Grazer, IT is now playing in theaters.

Source: Variety 

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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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