NO CLOWNING AROUND: ‘IT: CHAPTER TWO’ TO SET FALL ON FIRE WITH $120M+ OPENING ON PAR WITH FIRST PIC
New Line’s It: Chapter Two, the sequel to the biggest horror film of all time, is looking at a domestic opening similar to the 2017 pic’s $123.4 million first frame.
We hear in regards to demos the pic is comping to the first title in the series, Stephen King’s $700M-grossing It, and 20th Century Fox’s Logan ($88.4M), but It: Chapter Two is far better then the R-rated Wolverine movie in first choice. Some tracking services have the sequel’s opening as low as $95M, which by the way, ain’t too shabby for September. In fact, it would be the second-best opening for the month all time. Nothing to cry about. READ MORE
‘IT: CHAPTER TWO’ COULD FLOAT TO $110 MILLION DEBUT
Warner Bros.’ thriller “It” jolted the box office when it debuted two years ago, delivering the best debut for an R-rated horror movie with $123 million.
Pennywise is floating back to theaters on Sept. 6, and the return of the demonic dancing clown couldn’t come at a better time. After what is shaping up to be a lackluster August at the box office, “It: Chapter Two” looks to scare some life back into multiplexes. READ MORE
‘IT: CHAPTER TWO’ OFFICIAL RUNTIME REVEALED
IT CHAPTER TWO will hit the big screen next month, bringing an end to the live-action adaptation of the Stephen King saga. Based off of a new listing for the film on the British Board of Film Classification, moviegoers should brace themselves for a pretty lengthy final chapter. The listing shows the film’s runtime at 169 minutes and 11 seconds, or roughly 2 hours and 49 minutes.
Surprisingly, this is actually four minutes longer than previously reported cuts of the film, as director Andy Muschietti revealed the film would be 2 hours and 45 minutes late last month. Even then, there’s still quite a lot of CHAPTER TWO that apparently won’t make it into the final cut, as the earliest iterations of the film clocked in at 4 hours. READ MORE
‘IT: CHAPTER TWO’ PROJECTED TO AT LEAST MATCH PREDECESSOR’S HORROR RECORD OPENING
First round of tracking estimates sit around the $123 million earned by “It” two years ago
While horror movies might be a good way for studios to make a solid profit on a low budget, it’s extremely rare to see one serve as a studio’s primary tentpole. But such is the case for Warner Bros.’/New Line’s “It: Chapter Two,” which is expected to perform just as big as its 2017 predecessor, judging by its first round of tracking numbers on Thursday.
Two years ago, “It” smashed the glass ceiling for horror at the box office, earning a genre record $123 million domestic opening and $700 million worldwide, all on a very thrifty $35 million budget. That took trackers and analysts by surprise. But this time they’re expecting one of the biggest openings of the year. READ MORE
WILL ‘IT CHAPTER TWO,’ ‘HOBBS & SHAW’ OR ‘JUMANJI 3’ BE THIS YEAR’S BIGGEST NON-DISNEY AND NON-MARVEL MOVIE?
Two years ago, the first bit of pre-release tracking for New Line and Warner Bros.’ It forecast a $50 million-plus debut. Yes, we all knew the much-anticipated Stephen King adaptation was going to open higher than that, but it ended up with a $123 million domestic launch. That was the second-biggest R-rated opening of all time and is still the biggest opening ever for any kind of “scary” movie outside of Jurassic World ($208 million in 2015) and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ($148 million in 2018). I haven’t gotten official pre-release tracking for It Chapter Two yet, but I’d be a little surprised if it didn’t pull at least $100 million when it opens three weeks from tonight. READ MORE