Box Office: ‘It’ Scores Record $13.5 Million on Thursday Night

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New Line’s “It” has opened to a monster $13.5 million on Thursday night.

The North American preview number for “It” is the third-largest for 2017, trailing only Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” at $17 million, and “Beauty and the Beast,” with $16.3 million. It’s also the largest gross for a horror movie, for an R-rated title, for a September release, and for a film based on a Stephen King book.

Box office expectations have been sky-high for “It” following a dismal late summer, with forecasts of at least $65 million at 4,103 theaters. Some estimates are as high as $75 million.

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PostTrak data from comScore showed strong audience reaction to “It” previews, with 48% calling the movie “excellent” and another 38% rating it “very good.” A total of 60% said they would “definitely recommend” the film.

The R-rated movie is based on King’s 1986 novel, which focuses on a group of friends in a fictional Maine community that battles the small town’s demon as kids. Critics have been supportive with an 89% “fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes.

“It” is the first bit of positive news for the box office since the late July launch of Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” which has hit $181 million domestically in seven weeks. Year-to-date North American box office had plunged 6.5% to $7.6 billion as of Sept. 6.

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Made for about $35 million, “It” stars Bill Skarsgard as the evil clown Pennywise who terrorizes children in Derry, Maine. The rest of the cast includes Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Nicholas Hamilton, Jaeden Lieberher and Jackson Robert Scott.

Directed by Andy Muschietti, “It” will smash the record for largest September opening set by “Hotel Transylvania 2” in 2015 with $48.5 million, along with the mark for biggest opening weekend by a horror or supernatural film, held by 2011’s “Paranormal Activity 3” with $52.6 million.

New Line confirmed Thursday that it was making strides on the “It” sequel, hiring writer Gary Dauberman to work on the script. Muschietti is expected to return for the second installment.

The weekend will also see counterprogramming from the launch of Open Road’s “Home Again.” The romantic comedy, which carries a price tag of about $15 million, is expected to make $10 million from 2,940 locations.

Reese Witherspoon stars as a single mother whose life grows more complex when three young men — played by Nat Wolff, Jon Rudnitsky, and Pico Alexander — move in. Hallie Meyers-Shyer directed the feature from her own script. Her mother, veteran romantic comedy specialist Nancy Meyers, produced.

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  1. purnama agung says:

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  2. Doctor Doom says:

    We went to saw IT last night but I probably won’t say I like or don’t like the movie and I wouldn’t even say IT was a good movie or bad movie. I’ll have to say most people hates or afraid of clowns. Felt like a nightmare movie.

  3. Paruru Kan says:

    Well, I saw IT yesterday, and honestly, I didn’t like IT.

    I think that Valerian is a much better movie than IT.

    Valerian: 9,8 / 10
    IT: 4 / 10

  4. Klaus says:

    Mister Author, Spider-man homecoming made 15.4 mil on Opening Night. This would make It the fourth largest opening of 2017

  5. david says:

    When you look closely at the list of box office record breaking for any category, you quickly realize just how meaningless those records/numbers are (especially since many of these movies are shit and have no essential correlation between them other than hype of the minute). The main factor in film ticket sale success today, as with most things, is INTERNET HYPE. The real record holder is the internet, for being the most successful platform of advertising to date AND it’s free!

  6. Barry C says:

    Ok,

    IT is not a clown. The being takes many forms, and the clown is just one of them. Seems to me the author of this article hasn’t read the book, or even the Cliffs notes…Come on now.

  7. Adam N says:

    I think Finn Wolfhard in the cast and Stranger Things in general is driving IT’s box office success. The ST demographics is probably making up large chunk of ticket buyers.

  8. David Bryant says:

    I can’t wait to see this. Finally, it looks like they are doing a Stephen King novel the RIGHT way!

  9. Jewel Haines says:

    I can’t wait to see this movie. I have seen the original “IT”movie about 4 times. I really enjoyed it. The only thing with the original movie I thought fell flat was the ending.

  10. Dave Dally says:

    Well we’ll see. It was highly marketed, and this year has sucked for movies. Not impressed yet.

  11. Jim says:

    You see what happens when you do Stephen King novels right ?
    People will show up.

    From the trailer of “It” it became clear, that this was a serious, scary, artistic, well-made and R-rated version, not that cheesy TV version for families again, that didn’t do justice to the novel.

    Everything just looked and felt ‘right’, even the costume of the Clown.

    I hope, this is a lesson to the studios & they will now work on R-rated versions of “The Stand”, “The Talisman” and – again – “The Dark Tower”, which take the material seriously and stay as close to the novels as possible. Because Stephen King is a better storyteller than most screenwriters.

    Most King novels or stories can’t be done as PG-13, if you want to stay true to them.

    And don’t let mainstream people like Ron Howard produce, direct or even touch Stephen King’s novels…they are just wrong. It will end up like this year’s PG-13 crap fest “The Dark Tower”, which has nothing to do with the book series.

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  13. LA says:

    Typing reply at the same time! Sorry for being repetitive!

  14. LA says:

    It is following the book, which is extremely long. The book is loosely divided into two parts, one for the kids, one for the adults coming back to Derry, so this movie is just telling half of the story. The sequel is merely the continuation of the original story.

  15. Flosse says:

    I know, production costs and marketing is expensive, but do we always need a sequel to a successful story? And can’t Hollywood wait for the movie to connect to audiences before they move on to the next bit? I know, cinema and movie making is a business, but there once was the notion that film is an art, that creative people use cameras and actors to tell stories.
    I mean, we are partly responsible for this development, often clamoring for more of the same, but somehow different, thank you so much. I personally get sick and tired of movies carrying numbers behind the title.

    • Chris says:

      This would be like saying Lord of the Rings should have stopped at Fellowship. Stephen King’s novel doesn’t end with them as kids, it ends with them as adults.

    • Cass says:

      Remember there are dozens and dozens of original films released each month. But people who complain about ‘only sequels,’ barely go to see any of those and only want blockbusters. Tons of good original movies released every year.

    • IRyan says:

      This is based on a very long book (my copy is 1,300+ pages longs), and they’ve only told half of the story. In the book, we meet the Losers as children and as adults, and both times they band together to fight evil in Derry, Maine. The next film is not a sequel, in that it isn’t telling the next story with the same characters; it is telling the second half of the same story.

      It’s not a sequel – it’s chapter two.

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