IT just had the biggest first day at the box office ever for a horror movie 5 years ago

IT just had the biggest first day at the box office ever for a horror movie

Expect to see A LOT more of this franchise in the coming years.

While we all know that the IT movie that was just released in cinemas around the world is just Chapter One of a two part story, we wouldn't be surprised if the clever clogs at Warner Bros. do a little editing of how Stephen King's original novel ended, and maybe set up the return of Pennywise The Clown for an entire franchise of his own.


Having dunked $35 million into the production budget for the movie, IT has managed to net an estimated $49.6 million in its first day in the US alone, and many have predicted it to make in or around $100 million there for the weekend, and that again in the countries it is also screening in in the rest of the world.

This would make it the biggest opening day for a horror movie ever, and by the end of the weekend, will have the biggest opening weekend for any horror movie - previous record holder was either Hannibal in 2001 with $58 million, or Paranormal Activity 3 in 2011 with $52.5 million, depending on what you consider to be horror or not.

It also had the biggest opening day for an R-rated movie, but will most likely come in second for the entire weekend to the current record holder, when Deadpool made $132.4 million in its first three days, as IT is currently predicted to bank around $101 million in the US once the weekend receipts have been tallied.

Having scored 88% on Rotten Tomatoes, IT is a rare beast - a horror movie loved by audiences and critics - and one of the writers of Chapter One has already signed on to pen the sequel, which is set to take place 27 years later, with tormented kids all grown up and receiving word that Pennywise has returned.


In the meantime, why not check out our thoughts on the movie itself and why it stands out from the horror crowd, or read about the infamous scene from the book that was purposefully left out of the movie.

There is also the story of the actual clown who showed up for a screening of the movie, our research into why people are so afraid of clowns, and the info on a Dublin film season focusing on the movies based on Stephen King books.