New Line’s ‘It: Chapter Two’ hit theaters on Thursday night and those box office numbers were anything but scary. The horror flick brought in a strong $10.5 million in previews which is the second-best preview gross ever for a horror film behind the first ‘It,’ which grossed $13.5 million in previews.
The first film went on to earn a record-shattering debut of $123.4 million in its debut weekend in 2017, so things are looking promising for its sequel. Prerelease tracking suggests the sequel will earn $90 million-plus for the weekend, although other box office analysts are being a bit more bold estimating $100 million or more.
The follow-up, which is the conclusion to director Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s classic novel, stars Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Isaiah Mustafa, and Bill Hader as the adult incarnations of the kids who, 27 years earlier, battled the creepy clown Pennywise, brilliantly played by Bill Skarsgard.
It: Chapter Two currently has a 67 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, compared to 86 percent for the first film, so no word yet on how that rating can impact the sequel.