Pennywise the Dancing Clown returned to cinemas this weekend for his final confrontation with The Losers’ Club in It Chapter Two, and while the Stephen King adaptation fell slightly short of box office tracking, the sequel has delivered the second biggest ever opening for a horror movie behind its 2017 predecessor.
Domestically, It Chapter Two claimed top spot at the box office with $91 million; that’s some $32.4 million short of Chapter One, although it did top the first movie’s $66 million international haul with $94 million from the overseas market for a global opening of $185 million, leaving it just $4 million short worldwide.
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The first It went on to amass a huge global total of $700.4 million, and while Chapter Two isn’t going to match that figure, it should still find itself amongst the highest grossing horrors come the end of its run, particularly if it keeps up its strong international performance.
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.