The Dark Tower may have under-performed, but IT won’t have the same trouble.
Back in April of this year, I made a pretty bold prediction. Granted, it was based on obvious and very clear signs, but I predicted that Andy Muschietti’s IT would have the highest opening weekend for a horror movie in history.
The current record holder? Hannibal, with $58,003,121.
I wrote in the aforementioned article…
“One needn’t be a soothsayer to predict that IT will have a domestic opening weekend gross of more than $58,003,121, which would give it the highest opening weekend for a horror movie and also the highest opening weekend for any September release – the current record holder for the latter is Hotel Transylvania 2, which pulled in just under $50,000,000 in its first weekend.”
So here we are, now less than a month away from the release of IT. What are box office analysts saying, now that they’ve got some numbers to go on? Well, according to THR today, IT is tracking to make at least $50 million in its opening weekend, which would see it top Hotel Transylvania 2 for the highest September opening in history.
Furthermore, the site notes that “some even believe it could approach $60 million,” meaning it would surpass Hannibal and also claim the record for highest opening for a horror film. Additionally, a number of that size would bring IT into the top 10 listing of the highest R-rated opening weekends in history – horror or otherwise.
What will the actual number be? It’s impossible to say for sure, but I’d put money on IT surpassing even the $60 million prediction. It’s going to be a MONSTER.
Pennywise terrorizes the big screen on September 8.