It is simply impossible to overstate the extent to which the general public watched this film prior to its opening weekend. Multi-generational nostalgia, horror is heading for Halloween season and even some Scary clown evolution in real life all helped fuel the fire that led to the release of “It”. Box office expectations continue to rise, with projections rising 60 million dollars for the film’s opening weekend. That would be an amazing success but, amazingly enough, even those lofty predictions aren’t even remotely close. “It” will debut and rank as perhaps the most shocking success story in box office history. I don’t mean to sound like an exaggeration but honestly, what this movie has done is beyond imagination.
“It” debuted on September 8, 2017, riding on a wave of sky-high expectations. Even so, no one could have imagined what would happen. The film grossed a staggering $50 million on Friday alone, roughly matching the already massive opening weekend predictions. On Monday morning, Muschietti’s adaptation of the beloved King’s story grossed $123 million domestically. Warner Bros. had a great success.
The movie topped the charts the following weekend and kept the money train afloat for weeks on end. All told, “It” earned $327.4 million domestically and $372.9 million internationally for a total of $700.3 million. That makes it highest grossing horror movies in history – not only among R-rated horror films, but horror films of any kind. Best of all? It did all of this on a budget of $35 million, which means it made 20 times that in ticket sales. If there was ever a standard for success in blockbuster filmmaking, this is it.
https://www.slashfilm.com/1002066/tales-from-the-box-office-5-years-ago-stephen-kings-it-became-the-biggest-horror-hit-ever/ 5 years ago Stephen King’s IT became the biggest horror hit ever