×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Box Office: ‘It: Chapter Two’ Floating to $90 Million Opening Weekend

“It: Chapter Two” is already scaring up ticket sales at the domestic box office as it heads toward a $90 million opening weekend.

Following $37.4 million at Friday’s box office, the Warner Bros. horror film is now set to score the best opening since “The Lion King,” which premiered in July with $191.8 million. The film should also easily see the second-biggest horror movie launch of all time, beating out last year’s “Halloween,” which nabbed $76 million.

“It: Chapter Two” debuted at 4,570 domestic locations in the widest launch ever for an R-rated film; however the project’s estimated $90 million opening is still $33 million less than its 2017 predecessor “It.” The film picks up 27 years after the franchise’s first entry, featuring a grown up cast that includes James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain and Bill Hader who must face the return of a murderous cosmic entity.

Pennywise is also seeing success overseas, where the film has drummed up $39 million to date. In the United Kingdom, the film earned $3 million, nabbing the country’s biggest opening day for a Warner Bros film in 2019 in addition to its second biggest opening day ever for a horror film. Other top earners from Friday included Mexico ($2.5 million), Spain ($1.1 million) and Sweden ($509,000).

Based off of Stepen King’s novel of the same name, the film also features the return of Andy Muschietti who directed from Gary Dauberman’s script. Barbara Muschietti, Dan Lin and Roy Lee produced.

Popular on Variety

Box office holdovers round out the rest of the top five, including Lionsgate and Millenium’s “Angel Has Fallen,” which continues to show some solid staying power in its third weekend. The Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman starring film took in another $1.7 million on Friday as it heads toward a projected $6 million come Sunday. If estimates hold, the film should increase its total haul to around $53.6 million.

Universal’s “Good Boys” is also holding well, taking in another $1.5 million on Friday as it looks to increase its domestic total to around $67 million. Other top films, Disney’s “The Lion King” and Universal’s “Hobbs and Shaw” should each take home $4.6 million and $3.6 million respectively.

More Film

  • MADRID-CONTENT-CITY-RAUL-BERDONÉS

    Secuoya, Planeta Launch Madrid Content City, Site of Netflix’s First European Production Hub

    Spain’s Secuoya Studios has teamed with publishing giant the Planeta Group to expand Madrid Content City, the audiovisual complex that hosts Netflix first European Production Hub. Madrid Content City will multiply by a factor of seven its current operating area of 22,000 square-meters (236,806 square-feet). In total, Madrid Content City will span 140,000 square-meters (1.5 [...]

  • Imogen Poots

    'Black Christmas' Star Imogen Poots on Why Male Horror Fans Should See Slasher Remake

    “Black Christmas” is the second remake of the 1974 slasher classic, which centers on a group of sorority sisters stalked by an unknown murderer. While the original had the female protagonists (SPOILER) offed, in this one, the women fight back. “It’s been called a re-imagining of the original, and I think, in ways that the [...]

  • Imogen Poots as Riley in "Black

    'Black Christmas': Film Review

    “Black Christmas,” a low-budget Canadian horror movie released in 1974, was a slasher thriller with a difference: It was the very first one! Okay, there were more than a few precedents, from “Psycho” (the great-granddaddy of the genre) to “The Last House on the Left” and “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” to Mario Bava’s “A [...]

  • David Benioff, D.B. Weiss. Creators and

    'Game of Thrones' Creators to Develop H.P. Lovecraft Movie at Warner Bros.

    Following their exit from the “Star Wars” universe, “Game of Thrones” co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have found their replacement pic, signing on to produce an untitled thriller based on the graphic novel “Lovecraft” for Warner Bros. It is unknown if they will also direct the project, but they’ve already set Phil Hay and [...]

  • Little Women Greta Gerwig BTS

    Greta Gerwig and 'Little Women' Crew Mix Modern and Classical

    Greta Gerwig wrote and directed Sony’s “Little Women,” a new look at Louisa May Alcott’s much-loved 19th-century classic. Eager to pay tribute to her artisan colleagues, Gerwig says, “It was a joy for me to work with all these people. It’s a movie that’s impossible to create without world-class artists. They killed themselves for me!” [...]

  • Honey Boy

    Shia LaBeouf's 'Honey Boy' Adds Unusual Twist to Oscar's History With Kids

    Hollywood has made many terrific films about childhood, and many about filmmaking. Amazon’s “Honey Boy,” which opened Nov. 8, combines the two: A movie with a child’s POV of the industry. That unique angle could be a real benefit during awards season, and the film’s backstory — with Shia LaBeouf as the main attraction — will [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content