While the eagerly anticipated follow-up to 2017's IT is well on its way to easily topping the domestic box office in its opening weekend, IT: Chapter Two is far from outperforming its predecessor's opening.
IT: Chapter Two has posted a domestic opening day total of $37.4 million and is projected to earn around $90 million domestically across its three-day opening weekend. While still an impressive total, this would put it approximately $23 million short of the first film's opening weekend in September 2017. At its current trajectory, Chapter Two will have the second-highest horror movie opening weekend of all time, surpassing last year's Halloween revival which opened to $76 million domestically this past October.
One of the major factors potentially involved in the lower opening is the longer runtime: The first film had a running time of 135 minutes while Chapter Two is just shy of three hours at 169 minutes. Running over 3o minutes directly impacts how many screenings theaters can have daily.
Another factor may be the less favorable critical response for the sequel. Whereas the 2017 film earned a critics score of 86% on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, the sequel currently stands at 65%, significantly sliding since its initial early score before its wide theatrical release.
IT: Chapter 2 stars Bill Skarsgård, James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Jay Ryan, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Teach Grant, Jess Weixler, Will Beinbrink, Xavier Dolan, Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff and Nicholas Hamilton. The film is now open in theaters everywhere.