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It: Chapter Two Tracking For a Monster (Clown) Opening Weekend

The highly anticipated It: Chapter 2 already seems poised for success. The upcoming film will adapt the second half of Stephen King's gargantuan novel, which takes place almost three full decades after The Losers Club defeated Pennywise the Clown in the first film.

Analysts predict It: Chapter 2 will gross between $100-120 million in its domestic opening weekend, with many anticipating that the sequel will surpass its predecessor in box office performance. For comparison, It grossed a little over $123 million in its opening weekend, the highest for a September release, breaking genre records.

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It went on to earn $700 million worldwide. It is likely that box office estimates will rise as the film's release date nears. For comparison, the second highest-performing September release, The Nun, premiered around the same time as It and opened to $53 million domestically, earning $365 million total worldwide. It easily out-earned The Nun in a matter of days.

It was previously reported that the sequel film features a lengthy runtime of two hours and 45 minutes, half an hour longer than its predecessor, though that is unlikely to dissuade fans, who have eagerly awaited this sequel since 2017.

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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 scheduled to be released on Sept. 6.

via The Wrap

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