$185M Global Opening for ‘IT: Chapter Two’
It might be getting mixed reviews and with a lot of fault being landed on it’s almost three hour run-time, but the proof is of course in the pudding! And IT: Chapter Two is taking one hell of a slice out of the box office. With a tasty $91M portion being served up in North America and $185M globally, Chapter Two manages to be the second highest opening of A horror film, just behind it’s 2017 first part, that rocked up $189M.
The second part of the Stephen King adaptation has been met with a far more mixed critical response than its predecessor, with only 64% on Rotten Tomatoes as opposed to the 86% for the 2017 film. But for many, the biggest issue is it’s bladder testing 2 Hour and 50 minute run time. But with a huge profit outlined on a reported $65M budget, no one is running in fear of a few bad reviews.
Warners domestic distribution chief Jeff Goldstein commented on this over a THR.
“For me, the big headline is that we now have the No. 1 and No. 2 horror openings. We always said this film would get to $85 million or $90 million; we were never going to hit lightning in a bottle again… [Director] Andy [Muschietti], the marketing team and New Line did a great job scaring the stuffing out of people.”
Andy Muschietti returns to direct the second part of the IT series, after blowing everyone away with part one back in 2017. The young loser return with Jaeden Martell (Bill Denbrough), Sophia Lillis (Beverly Marsh), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben Hanscom), Finn Wolfhard (Richie Tozier), Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie Kaspbrak), Chosen Jacobs (Mike Hanlon) and Wyatt Oleff (Stanley Uris) all reprising their roles, as the Losers Club Joining them is their adult counterparts played by James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Jay Ryan, Bill Hader, James Ransone, Isaiah Mustafa and Andy Bean.
IT : Chapter 2 is out in cinemas and IMAX now!