In a move that raises the bar for future horror movie releases, Stephen King’s IT remake has brought in record numbers at the box office this weekend.
The Andy Muschietti directed film, based on the novel by Stephen King, was made for a little more than 35 million dollars. So far, in its opening weekend, the film has brought in over $123 million dollars in ticket sales in the US alone. Most critics predicted a slow weekend for the film with the threats of multiple hurricanes and the start of the NFL season, but the film showed remarkable resilience based on early reviews and word of mouth.
It beat out Paranormal Activity 3 for the biggest opening for a horror film when that film debuted in 2011 to $52.6 million. The film is also on record for having the biggest September debut, beating out Hotel Transylvania 2 in 2015. With numbers coming in from overseas as well, it looks like IT might bring in a little over $185 million in its opening weekend.
Gary Dauberman, who co-wrote the first film is attached to write the sequel and Muschietti is expected to return to direct. More on this story as it develops.
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