IT has smashed even the most optimistic box office predictions, breaking records and netting in over $110 million in its opening weekend domestically. You could tell the re-adaptation of Stephen King’s novel was going to be a hit from the very first teaser, which not only promised a glossy prestige horror but easily smashed the record for most trailer views in the first 24 hours.
Despite that, early box office predictions were rather conservative, with pundits originally expecting it to land around the $60 million mark. It wound up doing that amount in a single day, which launched the expectations up into nine digits. But even those, it seems, were on the safe side; the weekend’s total box office estimations are now in and IT’s a bigger success than anybody expected
According to Variety, the film is expected to make $117 million domestically over its opening weekend (including Thursday previews). Other sites report slightly higher numbers (The Wrap makes it $123 million) but all estimates have it over $115 million. The film also reportedly made an extra $62 million overseas, making a global opening of $179 million.
IT‘s cume breaks a lot of records, perhaps most seismically the biggest opening for a horror movie ever. What held it before domestically depends on your definition of the genre (there’s debate over how the likes of I Am Legend and Hannibal count) but none of its competition at home or worldwide has even come close (the biggest previous out-and-out horror opening in the US was Paranormal Activity 3 with $52.6 million). It also stormed past the previous record for any September release (Hotel Transylvania 2 on $48.5 million) and also October for good measure.