Continuing its dominant run through the box office, the horror juggernaut ‘It’ once again out-grossed every other film in release, combined. Two newcomers barely put a dent into the charts while remaining holdovers all held on pretty well from last weekend.
This movie scared up another $60M this weekend, which was actually lesser than the count of last week according to estimates, bringing its total up to $218M. It was the third biggest second weekend of the year, behind only ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’. It has become the highest grossing film ever released in the month of September. At its current path, this movie with a weird two lettered name ‘It’ should easily beat ‘The Sixth Sense’ ($293.5M) to become the highest grossing horror film ever. Look for ‘It’ to end somewhere in the $320-330M range which would put it past notable blockbusters like Iron Man and Transformers. Overseas, ‘It’ added another $60.3M bringing its international income up to $152.6M and its global total to $371.3M.
Paramount went wide with director Darren Aronofsky’s latest, the genre-bending religious allegory mother! which probably should have been platformed as it made only $7.5M, according to estimates, from 2,368 theaters for a per screen average of $3,167. Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, the film had mixed reviews from critics (68% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) but was blasted by audiences as it received an F grade on CinemaScore. This was the kind of film that audiences were either going to love or hate and clearly hate was the choice here. I wouldn’t expect to see much more talk of this film other than on lists discussing biggest busts of the year. Overseas it added an estimated $6M from 16 markets.
One of the most talked about movies for the fall season this year is the remake of the 1990 Tim Curry led, IT. This time taking the lead of Pennywise the Dancing Clown is Bill Skarsgard. Bringing into the movie his own take on the very infamous character/ villain of the movie. IT brought a little bit of everything for every type of moviegoer. For those that had seen the straight to television movie of IT with Tim Curry, this felt a little nostalgic but with something new for them to go see. For the horror fanatic, this movie had surprising turns every which way that gave it unpredictability and a feel of something new with each new scene. There was even a little bit of blood in a few of the scenes for those who enjoy seeing the blood and the guts. But, whatever your want was from this movie, one thing was certain the story kept many of us at the movie theater wanting more. The main story was that of Pennywise the Dancing Clown and of the Loser Club. With the story, came the development of each one of these characters as the movie went on.
This time we won’t be telling you the story. The directors would blame us when you are no more scared in the theaters. So go watch ‘It’.