‘IT’ came and ‘IT’ floated to the top of box offices.
Not even a week has passed since the release of the new adaptation of Stephen King‘s beloved horror novel ‘IT’, but it has already exceeded all expectations and broken a number of records.
The movie became a hit of even bigger proportion than estimated and has already smashed a number of box office records with a higher than expected $123.1 million in earnings in North America and $185 million globally, by far the biggest launch ever for the genre. That’s ahead of Sunday morning’s record-shattering estimate of $117.2 million.
The ‘IT’ movie is now the biggest horror movie opening of all time, more than doubling the previous record set by Paranormal Activity 3 back in 2011.
Soon, It could also break one more record for the biggest opening for any R-rated film. This title is currently held by “Deadpool,” which drew a $132.4 million opening.
“It’s humbling when something performs beyond your wildest expectations,” says Warner Bros Pictures president and chief content officer Toby Emmerich.
After such success, nobody really expected an ‘IT’ sequel to not happen. But when will Pennywise return to the big screens?
According to the director (Andy Muschietti), no firm date is set just yet. However, the script should be completed by January 2018. Pre-production will then kick into motion next spring, with a likely release in 2019.
“Part one is only about the kids. Part two is about these characters 30 years later as adults, with flashbacks to 1989 when they were kids.” – director Andrés Muschietti said.
“I am attached to it but that’s all I can say, we’re in the early stages and I’m talking to Andy [Muschietti] about it and figuring out what It will be. It’s a different story but I’m excited to delve in deeper to the character. There’s more exploration for who Pennywise is.” – Bill Skarsgård, the actor who plays Pennywise, told Metro UK.