IT to Become The Biggest September Movie Of All-Time

Posted 2017/09/07 0 0

And director Andy Muschietti is already planning for the next installment.


Movie theaters weathered the lowest-grossing Labor Day weekend in years, capping off a summer in which domestic box-office revenue dropped 16% year-over-year to $3.8 billion, according to box-office tracking firm ComScore.

But September, usually a sleepy month for ticket sales, is looking strong thanks to “It,” the $35-million horror movie about a killer clown who terrorizes kids in a small Maine town. Early reviews all point towards it being an excellent adaptation of Stephen King's 1986 novel. That critical buzz will no doubt help draw more people to see IT in theaters, and if early predictions are correct, the movie is expected to be a commercial powerhouse by drawing in approximately $65 million domestically this weekend, which makes IT the biggest September movie of all time.

The film’s official release date is just around the corner, but it turns out that audiences can hardly wait. The movie ticket sale site, Fandango, hasn’t released an official headcount, but pre-sale tickets are already in the thousands, suggesting that the film’s initial predicted opening gross may potentially exceed expectations. The last horror film to carry this rank was 2011’s Paranormal Activity 3.

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 terrorizes young children in Derry, Maine. The rest of the cast includes youngsters Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Nicholas Hamilton, and Jackson Robert Scott in supporting roles. The movie hasn’t even opened in theaters, but director Andy Muschietti has already confirmed that IT Part 2 is in the works, and it will adapt the other half of the novel when the now-adult members of The Losers' Club return to Derry, Maine to defeat this monster once and for all.

“It” is expected to break the record for biggest opening weekend of a non-sequel, R-rated horror film, currently held by “The Conjuring,” which debuted to $41 million in 2013. “It” opens in theaters Sept. 8.