According to a report from Variety, the latest installment of the It franchise, initially created by Stephen King, is doing very well at the box office this weekend, as it’s already nearing toward a $90,000,000 opening in total.
On Friday, the movie earned $37.4 million at the box office, and it’s currently on track to score the best opening since Disney’s remake of the Lion King, which premiered back in July and earned $191.8 million. Moreover, the movie will likely be the second-biggest horror opening of all time.
Last year, Halloween earned $76,000,000. Despite Its good numbers this past weekend, the movie still hasn’t earned as much as the first movie of the series, which came out back in 2017. The movie follows the events of the first movie by 27 years and includes an ensemble cast of Bill Hader, Jessica Chastain, as well as James McAvoy.
The movie is also doing well overseas as well, taking in $39 million thus far. In the United Kingdom, It: Chapter Two earned $3 million, which made its biggest opening day for a Warner Brothers movie in 2019. It’s also the second-biggest opening day for a horror movie in the country.
Based on Stephen King’s original novel, Andy Muschietti directed and Gary Dauberman wrote the script. Roy Lee, Dan Lin, as well as Barbara Muschietti, produced it. Other movies to stay on top of the box office this week includes Angel Has Fallen.
Starring Morgan Freeman and Gerald Butler, Angel Has Fallen took in another $1.7 million on Friday and is slated to earn another $6 million by Sunday. The movie’s total box office opening should hover around the $53.6 million range.
Good Boys from Universal is staying on top as well, in addition to Hobbs and Shaw and The Lion King. Despite the film industry’s top earners in recent weeks, reports indicate that, in total, the industry is behind last year’s total numbers by a significant margin.
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