Box Office News: IT Floats High With A Record $13.5 Million On Thursday Night

IT has begun its opening weekend box office run earning an impressive $13.5 million on Thursday night, which is the third largest preview number for 2017. Only Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($17 million) and Beauty and the Beast ($16.3) earned more on a preview night. IT also set preview records for the largest gross for a horror movies, the largest gross for an R-rated film, the largest gross for a September release, and the largest gross for a Stephen King adaptation. Weekend box office estimates have forecasted IT to earn somewhere between $65 and $75 million.
Based on Stephen King's classic novel, it was directed by  Andy Muschietti, and stars Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special) as Bill Denbrough, Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) as Richie Tozier, newcomer Sophia Lillis as Beverly Marsh, Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales of Halloween) as Stan Uris, Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy) as Eddie Kaspbrak, Chosen Jacobs (Hawaii Five-0) as Mike Hanlon, Jeremy Ray Taylor (42) as Ben Hanscom, and Bill SkarsgĂ„rd as Pennywise. The film is in theaters now.

"The film is based on the novel by Stephen King, whose story recalls a promise made twenty-eight years ago that forces seven adults to reunite in Derry, Maine, where as teenagers they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Unsure that their Losers Club had vanquished the creature all those years ago, the seven had vowed to return to Derry if IT should ever reappear. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that summer return as they prepare to do battle with the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers once more."