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Stephen King’s ‘It’ Is Breaking Box Office Records

Hollywood always makes sure that they produce the finest films in the entire world in every genre because they have the best actors, the best directors, and the best production houses. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that every Hollywood film can be a success, there are times that even if the film itself is good in the eyes of the critics and film experts, it can be a major flop at the box office since it can be a little drab in the eyes of the viewers.

On the 8th of September this year, Warner Bros. released an R-rated film called It. This is actually just the first part of the planned duology that basically tells a story of seven children who are actually terrorized by an eponymous being named Pennywise the Dancing Clown. This is actually based on a best-selling novel by Stephen King, that had a television adaptation back in 1990 which was actually a major success that is why the makers of this film admitted that they were a bit pressured but was glad that despite their not-so-big budget they still managed to hit the box-office top charts.


After four weeks of its premiere, It has managed to earn $304.9 million in the United States and Canada alone, and it now has a total of $604.3 million worldwide. This is, however, is the not the surprising part. Warner Bros. only had $35 million for its production budget, so this is technically such a huge success for them being able to get more than ten times of what they spent.

This also surprised critics because this is an R-rated film, making It the sixth-biggest R-rated grosser in the history of film.


Stephen King is known to be one of the best authors who write horror novels, which is basically why he is dubbed as the King of Horror. King admitted in an interview that he has seen this film adaptation twice in the cinemas and he was not really prepared for how amazing it actually turned out. This is indeed such a good sigh for horror fans since the author himself loved the film.

A video was released Bloody Disgusting, where King talked about how he reacted when he sat the movie for the very first time. He also mentioned how great Skarsgard’s performance is with his portrayal of Pennywise. “I had hopes, but I was not prepared for how good it really was, it’s something different, and at the the same time, it’s something that audiences are gonna relate to.” King explained. “They’re gonna like the characters. To me, it’s all about character. If you like the characters, if you care, the scares generally work,” the best-selling author added.


The King of Horror also praised the director behind the film, Andy Muschietti and Skarsgard. Muschietti is no stranger to horror films since he was the one behind the beautifully crafted 2013 horror film, Mama. King also had high hopes for Skarsgard, especially with his role in the Netflix’s original, Hemlock Grove, which received pretty good feedbacks as well.


Since Stephen King’s, It, surprised the entire world with how much it made at the box office, Tom Cruise’s ‘American Made’, may have fallen behind. This is actually Cruise’s second film this year after ‘Mummy’.

Unfortunately, this biographical crime film didn’t really make it big in the box office against, It and The Kingsman sequel. With a $50 million budget, they only managed to snag $98.5 million worldwide. However, despite the sudden flop, Cruise still received positive reviews from critics.


With Stephen King’s It, reigning the box office charts this season, Blade Runner 2049, is looking to beat the R-rated horror film. However, with a $150 million budget, they must at least make about $50 million or more on its opening weekend, they only managed to make just a little more than $30 million.

It’s original film also flopped in the box-office back in 1982, with a $28 million budget and only earning $33 million worldwide. According to critics, one of the downsides of this Ford-Gosling team-up movie is that fact that it runs for almost three hours, it was up against Stephen King’s It, The Kingsman sequel, and Tom Cruise’s American Made.
Looks like Pennywise the Clown has indeed taken over the world even if it is not even Halloween yet.

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