Stephen King’s “It” was one of the most anticipated releases of the year. Within 24 hours of its release, the trailer garnered 197 million worldwide views on YouTube and other social networking sites. The massive box office opening of the film earned over $117.2 million as per the studio estimates on Sunday, which easily broke this month’s record to set a new milestone in Hollywood.

‘It’ becomes the third highest debut weekend 2017

Within just three days of its release, the adaptation of the King’s novel took the third position as the third highest debut weekend of 207, with “Beauty and the Beast” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” taking the leads.

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“It” is also currently the 18th highest grossing film of the year, pulling in over $117 million earnings from the U.S., and about $62 million from the other parts of the globe within the debut weekend.

According to Forbes, The film still continued earning $8.8 million, on Monday, with a drop of about 69% from the $27.9 million Sunday gross. The successful opening of the movie was a trail from the impressive preview box office haul and thus, it only ranks behind the preview shows of “Beauty and the Beast” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” this year, revealed IGN.

Stephen King’s ‘It’ has surpassed the following records in the opening weekend:

  • September’s biggest opening weekend: In 2015, “Hotel Transylvania 2” had occupied the previous record with $4.8 million collections.
  • Largest debut for a horror movie: Hollywood’s fascination for horror films had been very effective in helping the third installment of “Paranormal Activity,” to set the former record with a collection of $52.6 million in the opening weekend.
  • Biggest opening in fall weekend: In 2013, this record was set by “Gravity” with $55.8 million collections in the opening weekend.
  • Biggest opening weekend on King’s adaptations: In the debut weekend, the 2007 adaptation film of King’s novel earned merely $20.6 million, reported IGN.
  • Second highest opening weekend for an R-rated film: After “Deadpool,” which had set a record of $132 million opening collections in 2016, “It” has climbed up to the second position.

The worldwide release of “It,” with a substantial number of locked screens has undoubtedly helped the film to be the second highest earning Stephen King’s novel adaptation after “The Green Mile.” Additionally, there were no major releases over the weekend to compete with the film.

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According to Variety, director Andy Muschietti and producer Barbara Muschietti are already planning for the second installment of the film, with a writer aboard. The “It” sequel intends to focus on the Loser’s Club for the adults and has already finalized the actors playing the adult roles.

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