The last few weeks of the summer season might have delivered some of the lowest box office numbers in years, but Andy Muschietti's adaptation of Stephen King's It has terrified the box office back to life. Including a massive $13.5 million from Thursday night previews, It grossed a staggering $50 million on Friday and scared up at a total of $123.4million for the weekend.
The highly-anticipated horror film broke a plethora of box office records including; biggest September launch and the largest opening weekend for an R-rated horror film ever. It also surpassed the entire domestic gross for fellow Warner Bris horror blockbuster The Conjuring 2 in just three days. I think it's safe to assume that It is more than likely to become the highest grossing horror movie of all time before it's finished showing incinemas.
It had been expected to bring an end to the recent box office downturn, but nobody (not even Warner Bros) expected the film to deliver an opening weekend of this size. Costing a very modest $35 million to produce, It has amassed almost $200 million worldwide since Friday. Warner Bros has already tasked It co-writer Gary Dauberman to start working on Chapter 2, and a tentative 2019 release date has been set with Andy Muschietti returning to direct.
The sequel will chart the now middle-aged members of The Losers Club reuniting twenty-seven years later to finish what they started when It resurfaces. No casting announcements have been made, but surely the only choice for the grown up Beverly is Amy Adams as 15-year-old Sophia Lillis (who plays Bev in Chapter One) is the spitting image of Adams.
September is packed with box office potential with The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and Darren Aronofsky's controversial Mother! Having been lucky enough to attend the UK premiere last week, Mother is going to be the most talked about film of the year, but it remains to be seen if that will translate to a robust box office performance. The last time Darren Aronofsky delved into psychological horror was 2010's Black Swan which went on to make $329 million worldwide and won a string of awards. No pressure then.