Last weekend, IT smashed through multiple box office records on its way to earning a massive $123 million domestic, and nearly $180 million worldwide. That was enough to give IT the largest opening for a horror movie in history.
IT also came dangerously close to setting a new record when it comes to largest opening ever for an R-rated movie of any kind. That record remains held by Deadpool, which opened to $132 million in February 2016.
Anyone hoping for Pennywise’s downfall in weekend two will be sorely disappointed as Deadline reports that IT managed to rake in another $60 million, easily breaking the all-time record for best second weekend for a horror movie.
After this weekend wraps up, IT will have grossed about $218 million domestically, making it basically a guarantee that IT will soon knock off The Exorcist as the second-highest grossing horror film of all-time. Wow. We are living in historic times, people.
The all-time domestic record for a horror film is held by 1999’s The Sixth Sense, with $293 million. If IT continues to drop relatively small amounts each week, that record will likely be broken too, at least by the time IT leaves theaters.
Elsewhere, often divisive director Darren Aronofsky’s critically beloved but audience despised Mother! – which is far from a standard horror movie, despite being marketed like one – opened to only $7.8 million. The film also earned a rare F Cinemascore from moviegoers. Ouch. Poor Jennifer Lawrence.
Also still hanging around in the box office top 10 is Annabelle: Creation, which now sits just under the $100 million mark domestically, and has earned nearly $300 million worldwide on a budget of only $15 million. Warner Bros. horror is killing it financially this year.
As for next weekend, with both Kingsman: The Golden Circle and The Lego Ninjago Movie set to open, Pennywise probably won’t threepeat at #1. Still, it would not at all be surprising to see IT remain as high as #2 or #3.
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