Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema’s Stephen King adaptation It has continued its stellar box office run, passing the half billion dollar mark at the worldwide box office.
In doing so, It has also become the highest-grossing horror movie of all time, toppling the 44-year record set by The Exorcist which grossed $441 million (although adjusted for inflation is still has some way to go… the 1973 classic’s adjusted worldwide gross was calculated at $1.794 billion in 2014’s money).
“Crossing $500m is rarified air for any film, but for a horror film it is history-making, and we could not be prouder,” said Sue Kroll, president of worldwide marketing and distribution at Warner Bros, in a statement to Variety. “The film-makers and cast did more than make a box-office hit. They created a communal, must-see moviegoing event that has reverberated around the globe and is still going strong.”
When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
It sees Andy Muschietti directing Bill Skarsgard (Hemlock Grove) as Pennywise alongside Jaeden Lieberher (St. Vincent), Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales of Halloween), Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy), Chosen Jacobs (Cops and Robbers), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip), Owen Teague (Bloodline), Sophia Lillis (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Nicholas Hamilton (Captain Fantastic).