Wed. Feb 19th, 2020

‘It Chapter Two’ Eyes Horror Record $200M Opening At Global Box Office

Pennywise will be handing out balloons in 75 overseas markets as well as the U.S. and Canada this weekend, with It Chapter Two planning a nearly full day-and-date release versus 2017’s staggered rollout for the original. pennywise-it-chapter-two-2

All in, industry sources are seeing a global debut that could potentially score a worldwide opening record for a horror pic with $200 million+, besting the previous It‘s $189.7M start. This time, however, overseas is expected to make more than domestic — the opposite of the case in September 2017, when It posted the best domestic and September opening of all time with $123.4M.


North America this time in around 4,200 theaters is expected to deliver north of $90M, maybe $100M, and that’s due to the sequel’s 2-hour 49-minute running time (the first one was 2 hours, 15 minutes), and the fact there was a pent-up anticipation for this Stephen King reboot which originally was adapted for TV.

It: Chapter 2 overseas ticket sales should be between $100M-$110M. The first hubs to go are in Asia including Korea and Indonesia on Wednesday. That will be followed by Germany, Italy, Russia, Brazil and Australia among the Thursday majors, with the UK, Spain and Mexico among others on Friday. The stragglers will be France on September 11 and Japan on November 1. The first It did not play in China, and that is not expected to change for the follow-up.


Pennywise comes back Thursday night in the U.S. and Canada beginning at 5 PM in roughly 3,700 locations. He’ll be playing in the full swath of Imax, Dolby, PLF, 4DX, Dine-in theaters, etc. It posted an all-time high for a horror Thursday night preview stateside with $13.5M; those showings started at 7 PM. Best demos for It: Chapter Two are younger males, followed by younger females, similar to the 2017 pic, with solid interest across the board.


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