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It is scaring up some record breaking numbers.
The new Stephen King adaptation is on pace to become the highest-grossing horror flick of all time by Thursday, at which point it will have floated past the current record holder, 1973’s The Exorcist (which has a $232.9 million lifetime domestic gross), according to Deadline.
Warner Bros., the studio that produced the film, is claiming the record based solely on genre, excluding other films like The Sixth Sense, Jaws and I Am Legend — which all made more money — by citing them has “hybrid” genres, rather than pure horror, the outlet reports.
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- Mike Miller
Pennywise murders the box office as It sets records – Stephen King’s had a big year, with multiple TV shows and films based on his books hitting the screen. He’s apparently saved the best for last, as Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of his novel It not only dominated at the box office, it posted the highest opening weekend numbers in genre history. The film pulled in $123.1 million in the Us, and $185 million globally. The previous record holder for a horror film, Paranormal Activity 3, opened with $52.6 million. That’s impressive – but what’s even more astonishing is that film is now the second highest opening film of the year, behind only Guardians of the Galaxy 2. The film is a huge success for New Line and Warner Bros., as It had...
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- Mike Bracken
Now that New Line Cinema’s “It” has quickly floated to the status of highest-grossing R-rated horror movie opening ever, Blumhouse founder and CEO Jason Blum is dealing with some mixed feelings. You see, “It” defeated his record. “First of all, ‘It’ didn’t break our record,” ‘It’ trounced it, ‘It’ destroyed it, ‘It’ eviscerated our record,” he told TheWrap with a laugh. Bringing in $123.4 million, the horror hit about Pennywise the Clown grossed more than double in its opening weekend than the previous record holder, “Paranormal Activity 3,” a Blumhouse film that made $52.6 million when it opened in 2011. As Blum, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
New Line Cinema’s “It” scored a huge $123 million opening in the final box office tally, after the studio had initially estimated an opening of $117.2 million on Sunday. The film adaptation of Stephen King’s famous novel took the third-largest opening weekend of 2017, just behind “Beauty and the Beast” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” However, “It” managed to surpass “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” which made $117 million. “It” also broke various records over the weekend. It landed the biggest horror opening of all time, surpassing “Paranormal Activity 3” ($52.6 million). It also became the biggest September debut of all time, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Bill Skårsgard’s demonic clown slaughtered the competition, taking more than double the previous record for a horror film’s opening weekend
It, the big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s novel about a child-killing clown, shattered Us box-office records over the weekend, earning $117.2m from 4,103 locations, according to studio estimates on Sunday.
Not only is It now the largest ever opening for a horror movie and the largest September opening of all time, the film more than doubled the earnings of the previous record holders. Before this weekend, Paranormal Activity 3 had the biggest horror opening with $52.6m from 2011, and the highest September debut was Hotel Transylvania 2’s $48.5m in 2015.
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It Certainly Floated
- Luke Owen
Domestically, the Andy Muschietti-helmed film pulled in a whopping $117 million in North America – a record for the largest September opening (previously held by Hotel Transylvania 2 on $48.5 million) and largest horror opening (previously held by Paranormal Activity 3 on $52.6 million). It’s also the second-biggest R-rated opening of all time after Deadpool ($132.4 million) and the third biggest opening of the year after Beauty and the Beast ($174.8 million) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($146.5 million).
In the UK, It pulled in $12.3 million, accounting for 82% of the market, while other territories include Russia ($6.7 million), Australia ($5.9 million) and Brazil ($5.6 million).
Given that It was produced on a budget of just $35 million, it will come as no surprise that the studio has already »
- Gary Collinson
*Updated with the latest opening weekend box office results.* This weekend, horror fans everywhere found out that they float too when they grabbed their yellow rain slickers and flocked to see the new It movie in theaters. Not even the creepy screen presence of Pennywise could keep moviegoers away, as It has enjoyed the highest opening weekend box office in horror film history.
Box Office Mojo reports that New Line Cinema's adaptation of Stephen King's It has raked in $123 million at the box office this weekend, breaking Paranormal Activity 3's previous horror film opening weekend record of $52.5 million. This release is also on the record books for the largest opening in the month of September.
Could It break the record for highest grossing horror movie in the Us? That spot is currently held by The Sixth Sense ($293 million), and It setting a new record certainly seems possible with »
- Derek Anderson
With a monster, $117 million opening weekend Warner Bros. and New Line's It has delivered a record-breaking opening, breathing a little life back into the slumping domestic box office. The film has claimed the largest September opening, largest fall opening, the largest opening for an R-rated horror film, not to mention the largest opening weekend for a horror film of any MPAA rating, and tops Open Road's new release Home Again in second place by nearly $110 million. Overall, the film accounted for more than 75% of the combined gross for the weekend's top twelve, and we've only just begun. With an estimated $117 million, WB and New Line's It, an adaptation of the acclaimed Stephen King novel, claimed the weekend's #1 spot with ease, besting Open Road's new release of Home Again in second place by nearly $110 million, the fifth largest gap between first and second place all-time. The film also dusted the previous »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
“It” came; “It” saw; “It” conquered.
New Line’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel is officially shattering box office records during its opening weekend. The R-rated horror film should make a whopping $117.2 million from 4,103 locations, far surpassing earlier expectations.
“It’s” opening is mostly unprecedented, crushing the record for largest September opening set by “Hotel Transylvania 2” in 2015 with $48.5 million, and the biggest opening weekend banked by a horror or supernatural film — “Paranormal Activity 3” earned $52.6 million in 2011. When it comes to R-rated movie openings, “It” falls only to “Deadpool,” which changed the game in 2016 with a massive $132.4 million opening. This, during a weekend when Hurricane Irma threatens huge portions of Florida and Georgia, which could dent attendance by as much as 5%.
Film Review: Stephen King’s ‘It’
The movie comes courtesy of Argentine director Andy Muschietti, who is known for the 2013 horror film “Mama.” Bill Skarsgard stars as Pennywise the Clown, which »
- Seth Kelley
The two-month domestic box office drought has ended emphatically with New Line’s horror-thriller “It” heading for a massive opening weekend of an estimated $103 million at 4,103 North American sites.
It’s the biggest domestic launch since “Spider-Man: Homecoming” opened with $117 million on July 7-9 and the fifth best launch weekend of 2017 after “Beauty and the Beast,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Wonder Woman.”
Based on the 1986 Stephen King horror novel, “It” is attracting moviegoers in numbers far above earlier forecasts, which were in the $65 million to $75 million range. The R-rated title, which focuses on a group of adolescent friends battling a small town’s demon, is the 47th movie to open above $100 million domestically.
“It” wound up with $51 million on Friday, which included a stellar $13.5 million from Thursday night previews — the third-largest preview number for 2017, trailing only Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and “Beauty and the Beast.”
- Dave McNary
New Line’s scarefest “It” is heading for a dominant opening weekend with $85 million at 4,103 North American sites, early estimates showed Friday.
That’s well above expectations, which had been around $65 to $75 million. “It” broke out on Thursday night with $13.5 million preview number — the third-largest for 2017, trailing only Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and “Beauty and the Beast,” and the largest gross for a horror movie, an R-rated title, a September release and a film based on a Stephen King book.
The impact of Hurricane Irma will hold down moviegoing in the Southeast this weekend with the massive storm expected hit Florida and Georgia late Saturday. Irma could dent weekend attendance by as much as 5%.
Stephen King’s ‘It’ Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying
Friday afternoon estimates for “It” ranged from the $82 million to nearly $100 million for the weekend, which should be the first in two months to wind up above the »
- Dave McNary
New Line’s “It” has opened to a monster $13.5 million on Thursday night.
The North American preview number for “It” is the third-largest for 2017, trailing only Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” at $17 million, and “Beauty and the Beast,” with $16.3 million. It’s also the largest gross for a horror movie, for an R-rated title, for a September release, and for a film based on a Stephen King book.
Box office expectations have been sky-high for “It” following a dismal late summer, with forecasts of at least $65 million at 4,103 theaters. Some estimates are as high as $75 million.
‘It’ Sequel Moves Ahead With Screenwriter Gary Dauberman
PostTrak data from comScore showed strong audience reaction to “It” previews, with 48% calling the movie “excellent” and another 38% rating it “very good.” A total of 60% said they would “definitely recommend” the film.
The R-rated movie is based on King’s 1986 novel, which focuses on a group of friends in »
- Dave McNary
August has been a truly, historically terrible month at the box office and it needs a serious shot in the arm. That shot in the arm is coming this weekend in the form of It, which is easily one of the most highly-anticipated movies of the fall movie season. Buzz for the Stephen King adaptation has been through the roof ever since the first teaser trailer dropped in March. To further showcase just how much people are looking forward to It, Fandango has reported record-breaking numbers for pre-sale tickets.
As reported by Dread Central, It is now the number one horror movie ever in the history of Fandango in terms of presales, which is no small feat. The movie overtook 2011's Paranormal Activity 3. It is also now the number one September pre-sale movie on Fandango, beating out Clint Eastwood's Sully from last year. Here's what Fandango Managing Editor »
The summer box office was an absolute circus. Apparently, all it needed was a clown.
Enter “It,” Warner Bros. and New Line’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel, which is expected to scare audiences back into theaters with a record-breaking opening. A $65 million opening is expected from 4,000 locations (3,500 spots for Thursday previews). Since early tracking pegged the movie at a $50 million opening in mid-August, the expected sum has only floated higher — some current tracking indicates an opening as high as $75 million. So all signs point to a major win for the R-rated horror pic, which was made for about an estimated $35 million.
Film Review: Stephen King’s ‘It’
An opening of that magnitude is mostly unprecedented. Take, for example, the record for largest September opening set by “Hotel Transylvania 2” in 2015 with $48.5 million. Or the biggest opening weekend banked by a horror or supernatural film — “Paranormal Activity 3” earned $52.6 million in 2011. The numbers hold up »
- Seth Kelley
“It,” the hotly anticipated adaptation of Stephen King’s doorstop of a novel, is shaping up to be a box office monster. The horror film is expected to make $60 million when it debuts on Friday. “It” has shattered records to become the top horror film pre-seller in history, surprising 2011’s “Paranormal Activity 3.” It also took the crown as Fandango’s top pre-seller among September releases, eclipsing 2016’s “Sully.”
Fandango didn’t say exactly how many tickets “It” has sold. If the film hits $60 million, it will become the biggest September opening of all time. “Hotel Transylvania 2” was the previous record holder with its $48 million debut.
“It” follows a group of teen outcasts who battle a mysterious and deadly force — one that manifests itself as a child-eating clown. Andrés Muschietti, best known for “Mama,” directs a cast that includes Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise, the clown, along with Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, »
- Brent Lang
With the worst August in twenty years and worst summer in over ten years now behind us, this weekend will turn up the heat as Fall 2017 gets underway. Debuting in over 4,100 theaters, Warner Bros. and New Line's adaptation of Stephen King's It is looking to break more than just a few records while Open Road's Home Again starring Reese Witherspoon will quietly target a much smaller audience as a counter-programming option. Before it even hits theaters, WB and New Line's It has already broken records as its 4,103 theaters is the largest opening for an R-rated film ever, topping the 4,071 theaters Logan opened in earlier this year. Obviously, that also makes it the largest opening for an R-rated horror movie, improving on the 3,761 theaters Alien: Covenant debuted in earlier this year when it opened with $36 million. This, of course, begs the question So how much is it going to open with? »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
After just one week in theaters around the globe, New Line Cinema's Annabelle: Creation has taken in more than $110 million, not only opening in the #1 spot in numerous markets, including North America, but quickly boosting filmmaker James Wan and producer Peter Safran's Conjuring universe of films over the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office. The announcement was made today by Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. Here's what she had to say in a statement.
"We are thrilled with the success of Annabelle: Creation and enormously proud to continue bringing this hugely popular Conjuring franchise to theaters everywhere. We congratulate our colleagues at New Line Cinema, our astute marketing and distribution teams, and everyone who put their collective creative energies together to tell such wonderfully frightening stories for movie audiences around the world to enjoy."
In addition to opening in the #1 spot in the U. »
Warner Bros. Digital Networks has set October for the official debut of its “unapologetic” new short-form content brand, Stage 13 — with a range of unscripted shows and scripted series spanning horror, comedy, and drama.
Aimed at multicultural audiences in their teens and 20s, Stage 13 will launch on YouTube, Facebook and at Stage13.com. In addition, Stage 13 has sold two series to Verizon’s Go90: “Two Sentence Horror Stories,” an anthology series debuting in October, and horror-comedy series “Snatchers” (pictured above), about a girl who is impregnated by aliens, which premiered in June.
To date, Stage 13 has produced 11 series and has screened select projects at festivals including Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Laff, Series Fest and Outfest Film. Warner Bros. Digital Networks presented its slate Friday at the Television Critics Association press tour.
- Todd Spangler
From New Line Cinema comes “Annabelle: Creation,” with David F. Sandberg (“Lights Out”) helming the follow up to 2014’s hugely successful “Annabelle,” which scared up nearly $257 million at the worldwide box office during its run in theaters. The new film is once again being produced by Peter Safran and James Wan, who previously partnered on “The Conjuring” hit movies.
In “Annabelle: Creation,” several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a doll maker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home. They soon become the target of the doll maker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.
Sandberg directs from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman, who also wrote “Annabelle.” The film stars Stephanie Sigman (“Spectre”), Talitha Bateman (“The 5th Wave”), Lulu Wilson (“Ouija 2,” “Deliver Us from Evil”), Philippa Coulthard (“After the Dark”), Grace Fulton (“Badland”), Lou Lou Safran (“The Choice”), Samara Lee (“Foxcatcher, »
- Movie Geeks
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