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.
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.
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.