10 September, 2017
The highly anticipated adaptation of the Stephen King classic IT is creeping out a record number of movie watchers this weekend, bursting early estimates and killing it for the genre with the biggest opening ever for a horror film.
Stephen King's IT is poised to have an absolutely staggering opening weekend. That's the record for a horror film, and a substantial comeback for Hollywood after almost three months of low numbers.
In recent weeks, box office analysts had predicted that New Line's horror-thriller It would open somewhere in the $65 million to $75 million range, while Warner Bros. opted to keep their forecasts a bit more modest with $50 million. This marks the biggest opening day ever for an R-rated and horror title. This one comes under the shingle of Toby Emmerich, who's one third of the Warner exec triumvirate and also runs the New Line Cinema banner founded by Michael Lynn and Bob Shaye. Only Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" and Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" did better in their first weekends.
Made for about $35 million, "It" stars Bill Skarsgard as the evil clown Pennywise along with Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Nicholas Hamilton, Jaeden Lieberher, and Jackson Robert Scott. The movie's Friday take alone was bigger than the previous September crown holder, "Hotel Transylvania 2", which pulled in 48.5 million USA dollars for the three days in 2015, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
With that kind of dominance at the theater, Hollywood is probably hoping the strong showing will help other films float (to the top of the box office), too.