IT continued its record pace at the domestic box office Tuesday by smashing another September record. The first big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s chilling 1986 classic novel, IT has been a force to be reckoned with since Thursday night previews, where it pulled in $13.7 million to set the record for the highest-grossing September preview.
Since then, the film has been slaying September box office records almost daily, with the biggest Friday, weekend, and Monday on record. On top of that, the film has already set several records for a horror movie in September, as well as a new record for the biggest opener for a horror film ever. In addition, on Tuesday, IT became the highest-grossing Stephen King movie of all time, an impressive feat considering 33 movies have been adapted from the author’s works.
According to Deadline, Tuesday was also a banner day for the film, as its $11.4 million in domestic ticket sales set a record for the biggest September Tuesday ever. The publication pointed out that the number is so impressive that no film in October has ever pulled in that much money on a Tuesday. In fact, IT’s Tuesday gross is on par with some of the all-time biggest Tuesdays in November, which belong to the likes of Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which made $15.96 million on Nov. 26, 2013; Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 ($12.1 million on Nov. 25, 2014); and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 ($11.77 million Nov. 20 2012).
Deadline estimated that at this pace, IT should surpass the $200 million mark at the domestic box office this weekend. The film’s running tally through Tuesday is at $143.6 million. With such impressive numbers, the film has a legitimate shot at setting two more significant box office records. The current all-time highest grossing R-rated horror film is 1973’s The Exorcist, which in its initial release and subsequent re-releases has grossed $232.9 million theatrically. After that, the highest-grossing horror film of all-time is the PG-13 rated The Sixth Sense, which pulled in $293.5 million during its theatrical run in 1999.
While Warner Bros. and director Andy Muschietti are no doubt celebrating the monstrous reception of IT, they won’t have long before they need to get back to work on the sequel, which will focus on the adult version of the Losers Club, 27 years after the events of the first film. The sequel will need to come together rather quickly — not so much to capitalize on the hype generated by the first film — but because of the huge presence the younger version of the Losers Club will have in the sequel’s flashback scenes. Muschetti says that since the actors are all adolescents and are growing quickly, filming needs to happen soon so they resemble the versions of themselves in the first IT.
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