Monday, April 15, 2024

No Clowning Around: Stephen King’s “IT” Scares Up $117 Million Over Weekend — Biggest Horror Film of All Time


There’s a terrifying hurricane in Florida but that didn’t keep the movie audience from paying to be terrified. Over the weekend, Stephen King’s “IT” directed by Andy Muschetti scored a Category 5 $117 million at the box office. That’s the record for a horror film, and a substantial comeback for Hollywood after nearly three months of low numbers.

“IT” is a nice success again for Warner Bros, which has teetered this year between famine– “King Arthur”– and feast — “Wonder Woman,” “Dunkirk.” This one comes under the shingle of Toby Emmerich, who’s oneĀ  third of the Warner exec triumvirate and also runs the New Line Cinema banner founded by Michael Lynn and Bob Shaye.

Including the US, “IT” made $179 million all over the world.

Elsewhere– despite awful reviews, Reese Witherspoon and friends raked in around $10 million for “Home Again.” So there was some audience after all, but not enough. “Home Again” will head to cable and other platforms with its tail between its legs.

Showing promise still: “Wind River,” which has turned out to a stealth crowd pleaser.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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