The terrifying opening scene from the blockbuster IT has officially been posted online. IT is undoubtedly one of the biggest surprises of 2017, drumming Hollywood out of its sluggish summer box office doldrums with a record-shattering $123 million in domestic ticket sales in its opening weekend.
Since then, the film has steamrolled its way across the globe to become a monster hit, becoming only the fourth R-rated film in history to pass the $300 million mark on the way its massive global haul of $653.2 million to date. Clearly box office numbers like these are achieved when audiences go back to see a movie like IT again and again, and thanks to Fandango, fans can now watch one of the film's pivotal moments online as many times as they want.
The online ticket retailer posted the film's first scene, where Georgie Denbrough (Jackson Robert Scott), after his brother, Bill (Jordan Lieberher), makes him a homemade sailboat, goes to float the paper plaything down the gutters of the seemingly safe community streets in Derry, Maine. As the story goes, Georgie sadly meets a cruel fate at the hands of Pennywise Bill Skarsgård) when the sailboat reaches a storm sewer and falls into the hands of the demented dancing clown, as he urges the boy to reach in to take it back.
The scene, of course, is virtually the same as the one that opened the classic TV miniseries version of IT from 1990, which starred Tim Curry as Pennywise, and Tony Dakota as Georgie. But no matter how many times fans have watched that opening scene over again, the chilling effect – which effectively goes on to loom like an ominous cloud over the rest of the movie – remains the same.
The scene in the new IT is possibly even more unnerving, and undoubtedly provides for one of the most nerve-wracking sections of the movie. Fans know that things aren't going to end well for the young protagonist, yet hang on every moment hoping there is some way that he's going to somehow break out of the story path laid for him and not take Pennywise's bait. Fans are clearly taking Pennywise's bait, which explains the temptation of watching this scene over and over again.
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