Warner Bros. Pictures sequel IT Chapter Two opened to $37.4 million on Friday at 4,570 theaters, an average of $8,184 per location. $2.4 million of the Friday total came from 397 IMAX theaters. The debut means that the film will likely not reach the $100 million mark for the weekend, but it will still have the second-biggest opening weekend ever for a horror movie behind It‘s $123.4 million. It Chapter Two received a B+ CinemaScore from audiences.
Internationally, It Chapter Two earned $22.3 million on Friday from 75 markets and is up to $39 million overseas.
The first film opened with $50.4 million domestically its first day in September 2017 and went on to earn a total of $327.5 million in North America in 2017. The hit film also grossed $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.”