After only three weeks in theatres, “It” has become the highest-grossing horror movie of all-time.
Surpassing the 1973 horror classic “The Exorcist” — which earned $232.9 million between its original release and two subsequent director’s cut re-release s— “It” now claims the top spot after earning another $3.9 million on Thursday. The film’s three-week haul now stands at $236.3 million at the North American box office.
In a month not known for strong box office receipts, “It” has garnered several box office records, including breaking opening weekend records for its September debut to become the highest-grossing September release of all-time.
While hybrid horror-thrillers like “The Sixth Sense” have raked in big box office bucks in the past, “It” is the first pure horror film to reach blockbuster status since “The Exorcist”. The film is also on track to become only the fourth R-rated (18A in Canada) movie to cross the $300-million mark, joining “Deadpool”, “The Passion Of The Christ” and “American Sniper”.
However, the Stephen King adaptation about a group of young teenage outcasts who attempt to thwart Pennywise the clown’s reign of terror on their small town still has a ways to go to claim the international box office crown; “The Exorcist” made $441.3 million globally versus the $404 million take (to date) for “It”. As well, the sum earned by “The Exorcist” back in 1973 do not account for inflation.
Produced for an estimated $35 million, it’s no surprise plans for a follow-up to “It” are already in the works.