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Not Surprisingly, ‘IT’ is Expected to Break Box Office Records

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.



  • Francisco Javier Pérez Olivare

    No doubt about IT. This is the horror event of the year. People will pack the theatres whether they’re fans of the source material or just to see what all the fuzz is about. 22 days seems too far away.

  • sliceanddice

    As expected. A simple case of a good premise and subsequent easy marketing. One is a twisted multi-world spanning fantasy with a cowboy who has magic guns. The other is about a killer clown. Simple.

  • boxcar182

    I saw a good 5-7 minute scene before watching Annabelle. It was the Georgie and the sewer scene. I have read the book and seen the TV adaptation to know what happens but man I was still tense during their conversation with each other. I cannot wait to see this movie!

    • Bla Blah

      It’s been put online.

      • boxcar182

        That’s cool.

      • Brandon Chalmers

        Did you download a torrent or find a stream with Kodi? I’m not seeing anything about a leak anywhere.

        • J Jett

          Brandon, just the scene (with Georgie & Pennywise) that played before ANNABELLE was leaked online. not the whole IT film. there’s at least 1 or 2 links to see this scene (it’s a low quality-ish cam of course) posted in the comments section in this link here…

          • Brandon Chalmers

            Ah, damn. I’ve already seen that. Two people in this comments section said they’ve seen the movie and I was praying there was a leak. Leak or no leak I’ll be seeing this opening night.

        • Bla Blah

          I’m talking about the scene between pennywise and Georgie. It was put online the first day it came out. Just YouTube it. It’s not really hard to find anymore.

    • Donte FusroDah Dillon

      Man.. I’ve seen the movie and wait till you see what happens next.. O_O

      • boxcar182

        Nice! Where’d you see it at?

  • Darkknight2149

    I can already see the “Hannibal isn’t a horror film” naysayers coming. Personally, I consider Hannibal Lecter to be right up there with Freddy, Jason, Michael, Leatherface, Pinhead, Pennywise, Ghostface, ETC.

    • John Squires

      Agreed, but this was addressed in original article for anyone who feels that way:

      “If you don’t agree that Hannibal is a horror film, then the highest-grossing opening weekend for a horror film is Paranormal Activity 3, which nabbed $52,568,183).”

      • Necro

        It’s Horror

    • Necro

      I agree! It’s more psychological Horror than anything, but Horror nonetheless. This may or may not be supported, but I always wanted to see more of ‘Hannibal’s’ crimes. True we know what he did, but I want to see it. That may in and of itself take away from the character, but even still. And I hope no one gives me that ‘Hannibal: Rising’ crap! That one sucked!

      • Darkknight2149

        Yeah, I hated how Hannibal Rising took a sophisticated villain and tried to break him down into revenge movie cliches. I much prefer how his origin was handled in Season 3 of the TV show, where he was essentially born the way he was and the death of his sister didn’t completely quantify who he is.

    • xsploit

      I would call it a crime thriller myself

  • Agreed. Saw the movie and it’s going to hit big. Even putting the film’s quality aside, the scheduling is perfect for IT to hit big and stay in the #1 spot for two weeks. This one is going to be a big deal.

    • The Drucifer

      Lucky duck.

      • One of the perks of the job and definitely my favorite advance screening I’ve seen this year. Can’t wait to see it again.

        • The Drucifer

          It’s(ha!) my favorite book of all time so hearing this makes me smile. Anyone else feel that this movie and it’s(ha!) very particular pronoun will cause a Pontypool type situation?

        • Tarman_85

          Just curious.. does anything happen with the Paul Bunyan statue in the film that was in the book? I realize that you can’t give much away about the movie, but just a hint? Lol.

          • It makes an appearance but I believe they are saving the memorable scene from the book for the second movie.

          • Tarman_85

            Thanks for the reply. Much appreciated.

    • Bloodspatta

      What do you rate it out of 5 ?

  • KSE1977

    The amount of buzz this thing has been generating thus far, I have to imagine that if it plays well and is received well that it could have longer legs than most horror films and be a legitimate blockbuster. I certainly hope so, as why not cheer for horror?

  • The Dark One

    This will most likely be horror movie of the year.

  • Frank Gambino

    I woulda thought sixth sense had the biggest opening for a horror movie.. Or Jaws?

    • Samael

      The Sixth Sense was a sleeper hit, so it wouldn’t have had a big opening weekend. And Jaws probably did OK, and even though I love the film, it’s not for everyone and arguably not a horror film.

  • Frank Gambino

    I am Legend made 77 mil opening weekend


    it’s pretty much guaranteed to break the record. and from what i’ve seen so far, it’s deserved

  • Larry Dallas

    I think it will open somewhere in the 70-75 million range.

  • Munchie

    I just farted in a plastic bag.

    • Creepshow

      Quart size or gallon?
      Zipper type or Slide close?
      Is it freezer safe?

      • Munchie

        Little from column A, little from…

        • Creepshow

          Oh, so we’re talking about a squeaker fart. Nothing to take a match to yet.

  • Wolf Myers

    It’ll need to make a lot more than $58m in today’s money to beat Hannibal. People seem to quickly forget inflation. Inflation is key.

  • Brian VonDerahe

    I remember you making this claim (and I foolishly argued that Alien would do better). I’m glad that I will be wrong because I want everyone to see this movie and for horror to get a big win at the box office. #morequalitybigbudgethorror

  • The Drucifer

    At the Dark Tower(ugh) screening I was at the trailer got cheers, people are pumped. I’ve only ever seen cheers for a trailer during The Phantom Menace roll out way back when.


  • Josh Evans

    I am going to see IT.

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