It makes a killing: Stephen King film earns monstrous $51 million
Warner Bros.’ It movie is proving to be a beast at the box office. Based on Stephen King’s horror classic, the film is surpassing expectations with $51 million earnings from Friday night domestic screenings. It is now expected to surpass $100 million in the U.S. by the end of the opening weekend.
These numbers include the film’s $13.5 million haul from Thursday night previews, which was the largest for a horror film, an R-rated film, and a Stephen King film during a Thursday pre-show. It is also clawing to glory overseas — with screenings in 46 international markets, the studio saw $16.1 million on Friday that brought its international cumulative gross to $25.7 million.
It will mark the largest domestic opening since Spider-Man: Homecoming in July. The Marvel superhero film brought in $117 million over its debut weekend, while Wonder Woman ($103.3 million), Beauty and the Beast ($174.8 million), and Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 ($146.5 million) also surpassed the $100 million during their respective weekends.
Directed by Andy Muschietti (Mama), It introduces a new generation to The Loser’s Club, a group of kids who are forced to confront their worst fears when a demonic clown starts feeding on children in their hometown. Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Jaeden Lieberher, Jack Dylan Grazer, Chosen Jacobs, Wyatt Oleff, and Jeremy Ray Taylor play these kids, while Bill Skarsgard transforms into the titular It monster Pennywise.
Much like the 1990 original adaptation of It, this new film was originally planned to be in two parts — one tackling the portion of King’s book with the kids, and the second picking up with them as adults. New Line Cinemas is already at work developing the sequel with screenwriter Gary Dauberman returning, but these numbers reaffirm that the film is a box office monster.