Warner Bros. Pictures sequel IT Chapter Two debuted with $10.5 million at Thursday previews in North America. The opening marks the second-best preview gross ever for a horror film behind only the first It, which brought in $13.5 million at Thursday previews in September of 2017. It Chapter Two is playing in 4,570 theaters as of today.
Internationally, It Chapter Two is off to a great start, ranking No. 1 in the 48 markets currently in release and generating a running total of $16.5 million to date. The film is opening in an additional 27 markets on Friday, including UK, Mexico and Spain. France opens the following week on September 11 and Japan on November 1.
The first film went on to earn $123.4 million its first weekend on its way to a domestic total of $327.5 million. The hit film also earned $372.9 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $700.4 million.
Evil resurfaces in Derry as director Andy Muschietti reunites the Losers Club — young and adult — in a return to where it all began with IT Chapter Two. The film is Muschietti’s follow-up to 2017’s critically-acclaimed and massive worldwide box office hit IT, which grossed over $700 million globally. Both redefining and transcending the genre, IT became part of the cultural zeitgeist as well as the highest-grossing horror film of all time.
Because every 27 years evil revisits the town of Derry, Maine, IT Chapter Two brings the characters — who’ve long since gone their separate ways — back together as adults, nearly three decades after the events of the first film. James McAvoy stars as Bill, Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) as Beverly, Bill Hader as Richie, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike, Jay Ryan as Ben, James Ransone as Eddie, and Bill Skarsgård returning in the seminal role of Pennywise.
Andy Bean plays Stanley, and reprising their roles as the original members of the Losers Club are Jaeden Martell as Bill, Wyatt Oleff as Stanley, Sophia Lillis as Beverly, Finn Wolfhard as Richie, Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben, Chosen Jacobs as Mike, and Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie.
Muschietti directs from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman (IT) based on the novel by Stephen King. Barbara Muschietti, Dan Lin and Roy Lee are producing the film. Marty Ewing, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg are the executive producers.
The film is rated R for “disturbing violent content and bloody images throughout, pervasive language, and somecrude sexual material.”