The big release this weekend is of course ‘It: Chapter Two’ starring Bill Hader and Jessica Chastain. The film had its Thursday night previews last night and made $10.5 million.
That’s $3 million less than the $13.5 million preview number from the first ‘It’ film in 2017.
But that’s okay, ’cause this sequel was never projected to be bigger than the first. After all, the first film brought in $123 million during its opening weekend, becoming the highest-grossing horror film of all time.
According to the tracking reports, this sequel is expected to make around $85 million this weekend. That’s certainly not a bad opening. In fact, if it makes just over $76 million, it’ll become the second-biggest horror movie launch of all time, only behind the first film in the franchise.
Rival studios have backed away from taking on “It: Chapter Two,” leaving it as the lone nationwide release this weekend in what’s the widest domestic opening ever for an R-rated title.
The film is getting mixed reviews from critics. It sits at a 68% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The first film had an 86% rating. So the numbers are flipped.
I watched an early screening of the film two weeks ago, and I must say, I liked the first film more. A lot more. This ‘Chapter Two’ feels long in several places with a runtime of nearly three hours. It’s not a BAD movie, but it’s just not as entertaining as the first.