We were looking forward to Andy Muschietti’s IT for months—we just had no idea the rest of the world was as excited for the film as us Horror Freaks! Analysts predicted IT had major box office potential, but the film has smashed all previous records for a horror movie release. Just how much money did IT rake in over its opening weekend? A ton!
According to Variety, the film is expected to make $117 million domestically over its opening weekend (including Thursday previews). Other sites report slightly higher numbers (The Wrap makes it $123 million) but all estimates have it over $115 million. The film also reportedly made an extra $62 million overseas, making a global opening of $179 million.
UPDATE: The number has since grown to $123 million opening domestic, making a worldwide total of $185 million. The original article follows.
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If you haven’t seen IT for yourself yet, check out the trailer and synopsis below.
Official Synopsis: When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, neighborhood kids band together to square off against Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), an evil clown whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
In addition to Skarsgård and Jacobs, IT stars Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Nicholas Hamilton.