After earning $8.8 million on Monday, New Line Cinema‘s IT has broken the September Tuesday record with $11.4 million, to bring its domestic total to $143.6 million after just five days. The previous largest September Tuesday was Sully‘s $4.8 million, while the previous largest Tuesday for a horror film was The Conjuring‘s $5.6 million. IT cost about $35 million to make and received a B+ CinemaScore from audiences.
Internationally, IT earned $66.3 million from 10,665 screens in 46 international markets, which is the biggest opening ever for a horror film. Among the other benchmarks are: the highest opening weekend for a horror film and top September debut ever in Russia and Australia; the biggest horror film debut in Brazil, Holland and Poland; and Warner Bros. Pictures’ largest opening for 2017 in 19 markets, including Russia, Australia, Spain, Poland, Norway, Belgium, Finland, Denmark and Chile.
Directed by Andrés Muschietti, IT stars Bill Skarsgård as the story’s central villain, Pennywise the clown. An ensemble of young actors also star in the film, including Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip), Sophia Lillis (37), Finn Wolfhard (TV’s Stranger Things), Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy), Chosen Jacobs (upcoming Cops and Robbers), Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales of Halloween) and Nicholas Hamilton (Captain Fantastic). A sequel to IT is already in the works with Gary Dauberman writing the script. Muschietti is expected to return, but he hasn’t signed a deal yet.
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