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Stephen King's It Movie Is Slaying the Domestic Box Office

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Pennywise is on track to make a killing at the box office this weekend as estimates have the latest Stephen King adaption set to debut to a massive $103 million this weekend.

RELATED: INTERVIEW: It Screenwriter Reveals What’s Truly Scary About the Film.

Originally expected to open between $65 to $70 million, New Line Cinema’s horror-thriller has surpassed those earlier expectations and is now headed towards a $103 million domestic opening, an impressive feat for the R-rated horror film. The opening marks for the largest domestic opening since Spider-Man: Homecoming's $117 million opening back in July. The film managed to secure $51 million alone on Friday, following a strong $13.5 million from Thursday previews.

Unlike fellow King adaption The Dark Tower, which opened to a lackluster $19.5 million back in August, It has had positive reviews on its side, helping to propel the film to a large opening stateside.

RELATED: It Sequel Will Explore the Secret Origin of Pennywise.

The film is an adaption of Stephen King's 1986 title of the same name which tells the story of a group of pre-teens known as the Loser's Club and a being that exploits the fears and phobias of the group while disguising itself as "it" goes in search of its prey -- often appearing in the form of the clown, Pennywise.

A sequel is already in the works with it expected to portray older versions of the characters dealing with the murderous clown’s return 27 years later.

In theaters now, It is a production of New Line Cinema directed by Andrés Muschietti and starring Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer and Chosen Jacobs.

(via Variety)

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