‘IT: Chapter Two’ Delivers Second Biggest Horror Opening Of All Time

This week IT: Chapter Two floated to the top of the box office, making a solid amount of money, if not as much as its predecessor.

IT: Chapter Two debuted in first place with an estimated $91 million, the second-largest horror film opening of all time, only behind IT: Chapter Ones‘ $123 million back in 2017. The film isn’t quite the critical success the original was, but $91 million is nothing to turn your nose at.

I had the chance to see IT: Chapter Two Saturday morning in a surprisingly empty IMAX theatre. I went in ambivalent because of the less-than-unanimous reviews, but by the end of the film’s three-hour runtime, I had shed tears and felt that, for my tastes, Chapter Two was a stronger film overall. There’s something majestic about this film – certainly, Benajmin Wallfisch’s score is a big part of that – that made it just feel like more than just another sequel. IT: Chapter Two deals with friendship and the loss of it, the relationships we establish, and how we conquer our fears. I saw someone refer to it as something along the lines of The Big Chill meets horror, and I think that’s an appropriate analogy.

There’s so much I loved about IT: Chapter Two; the pacing (three hours flew by for me) to the spot on casting – all the actors deliver excellent performances, but it will be a travesty if Bill Hader doesn’t get a Supporting Actor nomination for his role as Richie Tozier. Director Andy Muschietti and writer Gary Dauberman should be commended for putting together a brilliant film series that touches a lot of emotions, not just fear.

As for the rest of the top five, nothing came close to catching IT: Chapter Two. Angel Has Fallen was in second place with $6 million. Good Boys was in third place with $5 million. Disney’s The Lion King was in fourth place with $4 million, and Overcomer closed things out in fifth place with $3 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) IT: Chapter Two – $118 million
2) Angel Has Fallen – $5 million
3) Good Boys – $4.5 million
4) Disney’s The Lion King – $4 million
5) Overcomer – $3 million

And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:

1) IT: Chapter Two – $91 million
2) Angel Has Fallen – $6 million
3) Good Boys – $5 million
4) Disney’s The Lion King – $4 million
5) Overcomer – $3 million

Next weekend sees the release of The Goldfinch and Hustlers. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

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