Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema’s It Chapter Two arrives in cinemas today, with Deadline reporting that the sequel to the hit Stephen King adaptation is eyeing a record opening for a horror movie at the global box office.
According to the site, the sequel is on course to top its predecessor’s $189.7 million worldwide opening with just over $200 million across the Friday to Sunday period.
The Andy Muschietti-directed film got off to a strong start with Thursday night previews of $10 million, and tracking points towards a $90-$100 million North America weekend, plus a further $100-$110 million from 75 international markets.
The first It is the highest-grossing horror film of all time, having pulled in $700.4 million upon its release in 2017.
Because every 27 years evil revisits the town of Derry, Maine, “It Chapter Two” brings the characters—who’ve long since gone their separate ways—back together as adults, nearly three decades after the events of the first film.
It Chapter Two sees Bill Skarsgard reprising his role as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, while Jessica Chastain (Beverly), James McAvoy (Bill), Bill Hader (Richie), James Ransone (Eddie), Andy Bean (Stanley), Jay Ryan (Ben) and Isaiah Mustafa (Mike) star as the adult versions of The Losers’ Club. The younger versions of The Losers’ Club – Jaeden Martell, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Chosen Jacobs – also reprise their roles from the first movie.