Box Office: ‘It: Chapter Two’ Heads for $90M U.S. Bow After $37.4M Friday, Strong Overseas Showing

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New Line’s IT: Chapter Two is now on course to earn $90 million or more in its domestic debut, in line with what the studio had predicted but on the low end of industry expectations. Either way, it’s one of the best starts ever for a horror pic and a needed win for the box office after a tough August.
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Anything thing over $90 million would mark the second-best opening ever for the genre behind It, which scored a record-shattering debut of $123.4 million over the same weekend in 2017, not adjusted for inflation. (Some box office analysts thought the sequel had a shot at $100 million-plus.)

 

The sequel earned an estimated $37.4 million on Friday, compared to $50.4 million for the first It. The $37.4 million include $10.5 million in Thursday night previews.

 

 It: Chapter Two is playing in a total of 4,570 theaters, the widest location count ever for the month of September.

 

Overseas, the film is off to a strong start, grossing $16.5 million on Wednesday and Thursday. In several markets, including Russia ($2.1 million), it scored the top start of all time for a horror film.

 

The film is dominating the box office, with no other studio film daring to open against it. One highlight: Universal’s Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw crossed the $700 million mark at the global box office on Friday.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:   Warner Bros.
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