IT is a HIT. Smashes Weekend Box Office Records
I thought everyone hated clowns? If that’s the case, then everyone who watched It over the weekend must’ve sucked up their fear of clowns before heading to the movie theater. The horror movie remake of the Stephen King novel earned $117.2 million from 4,103 theater locations across the US, shattering domestic box-office records. It became the largest September opening of all time and had the largest opening ever received for a horror film.
Previous record holder, Hotel Transylvania 2, opened with $48.5 million in September 2015 and likewise for Paranormal Activity 3, opened with $52.6 million in 2011. It demolished those records by doubling the previous records respectively. To make things even better, the film was produced with a modest budget of only $35 million.
During a lackluster summer movie-going season, It was just what the industry needed to feel a bit better. Currently, the box office is down 6.5% YTD when compared to last year, but with the help of the homicidal clown Pennywise, the box office is now only down 5.5% YTD.
Finn Woldhard, best known for his role in Stranger Things, stars alongside Bill Skarsgard who plays the evil Pennywise. This is the first of two It movies and the second is expected to be released in 2019.
I still hate clowns.