Being in line with industry expectations, the latest adaptation of Stephen King’s IT ended up having a very successful Thursday night showing.
IT was able to gross an impressive $13.5 million on its opening night. This also happens to be 2017’s third-highest Thursday night showing. IT was able to position itself behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which had a $17 million opening night, as well as Beauty and the Beast, which took in $16.3 million. Beauty and the Beast was also able to cross the prestigious $1 billion mark at the box office.
More feathers in horror-films cap include having the largest opening for any horror movie along with having the largest openings for a September movie release, any Stephen King film, and the largest opening for an R-rated film. The previous record for the largest preview night opening was held by Paranormal Activity 3, which made $8 million back in 2011.
Industry experts think that IT will have a first-week domestic box office gross of more than $50 million, which will end up beating the opening weekend numbers of Paranormal Activity 3 standing at $52.5 million. If IT is able to make more than $50 million during its first weekend, it will become the film with the biggest September debut, beating the $48 million number of Hotel Transylvania 2.
I enjoyed watching IT. The young cast was amazing. However, I do think that it was more ‘disturbing’ than ‘scary.’ There’s a difference!
Anyway, I’m excited for chapter 2. Furthermore, while fans might be busy talking about their casting choices, reports suggest that Warner Bros. isn’t interested in casting any big-name talent. This makes sense as the first chapter is on track to impressive box office numbers on a $35 million budget and without any famous acting talent attached.
Have you watched IT yet? What do you think of IT‘s box office numbers? Let us know.
Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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