Look, I’m super happy that New Line Cinema’s IT is blowing the lid off the box office, but let’s calm down for a second. I’m seeing reports all over the place dubbing it as the single biggest horror movie ever, and that’s just ludicrous. First of all, Jaws is a horror movie. Second, M. Night Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense was a box office behemoth. Lastly, The Exorcist made a lot more money than $232.9M.
IT is killing it, yes, but inflation gives us a realistic look at what older movies would have actually made in 2017. IT quite possibly could hit $750M, which are rock star numbers, but it’s not even close to what the aforementioned films made in their lifetime.
Even if Jaws and The Sixth Sense were removed from the equation, The Exorcist is by far the highest grossing horror movie of all time. It’s a record I hope never breaks, although all records are made to be broken… No matter, IT‘s success is a win for all of us and I’m damned grateful to be experiencing it first hand.
What do you guys think?
JAWS (adjusted): $1,138,620,700 domestic / $1B+ international / $2.1+ BILLION worldwide
THE SIXTH SENSE (adjusted): $511,878,400 domestic / $600M+ international / $1.1+ BILLION worlwide
THE EXORCIST (adjusted): $983,226,600 domestic / $900M+ international / $1.8+ Billion worldwide.