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.