You know how critics predicted that Stephen King’s IT would break box office records? It seems that they had the Shining. After a Thursday night opening, the monster fright-fest has indeed broke records.
Four of them, in fact.
According to Deadline, the R-rated IT’s record-breaking take of $13.5 million means it had:
- The largest gross for a horror pre-show gross.
- The largest gross for a R-rated preview gross.
- The largest gross for a September preview, ever.
- The largest gross for a movie based on a Stephen King novel.
This Thursday night preview kicked the stuffing out of the R-rated Deadpool, which only earned $12.7 from its pre-show screenings. Experts are predicting more record-shattering as the weekend progresses.
IT, which tells the tale of a small band of young outcasts who face clown-shaped evil, was without a doubt the most frightening book I have ever read. And the film brings the werid, wicked intensity of the books. I have no doubt IT will have earned its millions.