Saturday, April 13, 2024

Box Office: “It Chapter Two” Scares Up $37 Mil Opening, Eyes $103 Mil Weekend Even with Mixed Reviews


Horror film addicts never tired of being scared. You’d think the daily news cycle would be enough.

Yet, the success of “It: Chapter Two” suggests clowntime is not over. The sequel to “It,” the remake of Stephen King’s hit novel and movie, made $37 million in its debut Friday with $10 million from Thursday previews.

The movie is eying $103 million for the weekend. That’s quite an accomplishment  in what has been a sluggish box office year. Warner Bros. can relax. Mixed reviews- a 66 score on Rotten Tomatoes– didn’t deter the faithful.

Can there be more “It”? I suppose there can be more of anything, really. Stephen King is probably looking through his notebooks as we speak.

Meantime, Warner Bros. is on a roll. So is Sony. As we always discover, it’s all cyclical.

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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