Stephen King’s ‘IT’ Leads Record-Breaking September At The Box Office

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IT is far and away one of Stephen King’s most successful novels, so it’s not too surprising to learn that the movie made a ton of money when it came out. What’s more surprising is that IT managed to put the domestic annual box office back on track after a Summer season that had a number of underperformers.

Winter and Spring were better than usual for 2017’s box office, but Summer was a bit of a bummer for the megaplexes. Sure, there were some big hits like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Wonder Woman, and Spider-Man: Homecoming, but there were also a lot of movies that simply didn’t make the kind of numbers that studios were hoping that they would, along with some outright flops. The good news is that, based on the results for this month, Autumn is looking to make up for the shortcomings of the previous season.

The Hollywood Reporter has noted that IT ended September with nearly $300M in domestic grosses after less than a month of play. Those are the kind of numbers that would typically be reserved for a PG-13 superhero blockbuster instead of an R-rated horror movie, but it’s abundantly clear that the mid-budget coming-of-age movie really struck a chord with audiences in a way that expensive blockbusters like The Mummy and Transformers: The Last Knight simply couldn’t.

As for the box office itself, the total between September 1 and September 30 reached an estimated $700M or above, which made the month one of the most profitable Septembers ever for theaters. This should come as a relief to distributors who caught a hard time with the brutal box office on some of the other movies, and it should help get the box office back on track for an annual domestic box office that ought to close above $11B – although whether or not it beats 2016’s near-$11.4B total remains to be seen. Surefire hits like Blade Runner 2049Thor: RagnarokJustice LeagueCoco, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi ought to boost these numbers even higher, so a record-breaking 2017 is certainly not out of the question.

IT will bring terror to the big screen on September 8, 2017, featuring a cast that includes Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Dancing Clown (IT), Jaeden Lieberher as Bill Denbrough, Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben Hanscom, Sophia Lillis as Beverly Marsh, Finn Wolfhard as Richie Tozier, Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie Kaspbrak, Chosen Jacobs as Mike Hanlon, and Wyatt Oleff as Stanley Uris. A sequel covering the events from the second half of King’s book is planned (as this adaptation only covers the first half), although no release date has been set.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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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Grant Davis

Grant Davis

A Texan freelance writer with interests in Star Wars, superhero movies, and entertainment in general.