The latest news puts the Warner Bros./New Line sequel in a game of chicken with Blumhouse's untitled horror film which moved on to that date last week. Among some of the records that It owns: largest opening for a horror film stateside, biggest opening for an R-rated film, largest opening for a pic based on a book, best preview night for a horror film ($13.5M), best IMAX opening for September and horror pic, and best opening for a New Line release. When the beast arrives in their small town of Derry in the form of Pennywise the Dancing Clown, the kids must fight it off.
The blockbuster adaptation of Stephen King's 1986 novel of the same name as pushed past The Exorcist to become the highest-grossing horror film on a domestic basis, reports Entertainment Weekly. It's now headed towards $500m at the global box office, has become the highest grossing R-Rated horror of all time and has become a meme in its own right.
Gary Dauberman, who co-wrote the first film, is close to closing a deal to pen the sequel, and director Andy Muschietti is also expected to return. The film, which cost just $35 million to make, has now grossed $211.7 million overseas and $478 million worldwide!
King's 1986 novel focuses on a group of friends in a fictional ME community that battles the small towns demon as kids, and then again as adults. While the sequel will take place in the present, it will be punctuated with flashbacks, allowing the same cadre of kids to be seen again. The movie is being pushed back from June 1, 2018, to July 27, 2018. It's already become the highest-grossing movie in U.S. history, serving up some killer clown realness that it seems everyone can appreciate.