The Film 'It' Breaks Horror Film Records

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Jeremy Ray Taylor Jaeden Lieberher Finn Wolfhard and Jack Dylan Grazer in It

Lionsgate's action comedy film "The Hitman's Bodyguard" dropped to third place with an estimated 4.85 million USA dollars after a three-week lead at the gloomy North American box office. It's also the biggest opening ever for a horror film. It has opened with $123 million, breaking many records including the biggest September opening, biggest Fall opening, biggest R-rated horror film opening, and biggest horror film opening weekend.

After a miserable summer at the box office, theaters were packed with moviegoers excited to voluntarily dive face first into clown-based trauma. The horror film has raked in an estimated 117.1 million United States dollars for Warner Bros.

Heading into the weekend, box office pundits placed IT in the $50 million range for its opening weekend, which would have ousted Hotel Transylvania 2's $48 million opening as the best September opening.

This title is now held by "Deadpool", which drew a $132.4 million opening, but "It" will likely fall short due to a number of theater shutdowns in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

According to the director (Andy Muschietti), no firm date is set just yet. Skarsgård's role was one that could easily have gone wrong due to overacting or coming off as comical, but he found the right measure of fearsomeness to make the character of Pennywise a truly unsettling on-screen figure. However, he is confident that a complete script for the sequel will be accomplished sometime in January of 2018. Pre-production will then kick into motion next spring, with a likely release in 2019.

"The demonic clown Pennywise, otherwise called 'It", is gobbling up the competition. It's a different story but I'm excited to delve in deeper to the character.

The one who stays in Derry becomes a librarian junkie.

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"It" director Andy Muschietti says Bill Skarsgard's portrayal of Pennywise is "brave".

If you haven't seen the 1990 TV mini-series in quite some time, revisiting it can be a startling experience, in large part because the general production quality is much worse than you probably remember.

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