It was never really in doubt that Stephen King-based sequel IT: Chapter Two would be a box office hit. After all, Chapter One made over $700 million worldwide, and burst through nearly every possible financial record when it comes to R-rated horror films.
While Chapter Two hasn’t been as big a success with critics, most moviegoers do still seem to enjoy it, albeit with the caveat that some think it’s too long. Not me though, as time is required to properly adapt such a long, dense Stephen King source novel.
Anyway, IT: Chapter Two managed to take #1 domestically for the second straight weekend, earning $40 million. It also added another $47 million from international markets, for a worldwide total so far of over $323 million. This movie will be profitable.
While a hefty profit for IT: Chapter Two seems like a given at this juncture, it does look like the sequel might come up a bit short of its predecessor’s gargantuan take, or at least its $300-million plus domestic box office haul. Only time will say for sure though.
The real question now is whether, after two hit films, Warner Bros. will be ready to get off the IT train. There have been recent rumblings of possible further films chronicling other Derry stories, but it remains to be seen if any such projects will come to pass.