It headed for killer opening weekend

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Stephen King’s It is already destined to become a major box office success.

According to Box Office Mojo, the film grossed $13.5 million from Thursday night previews. Compared to other Thursday night showings throughout 2017, It just fell short of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($17 million) and Beauty and the Beast ($16.3 million).

At this rate, the film is expected to make up to $85 million, which would be the biggest opening for a September release, as well as the biggest opening for an R-rated horror film. The film might even go on to surpass The Exorcist‘s total domestic gross of $232.9 million, becoming the highest-grossing R-rated horror movie of all time.

For more on It, read our review and our feature on how horror is keeping the cinema alive.

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About Nick Spake

Nick Spake has been working as an entertainment writer for the past ten years, but he's been a lover of film ever since seeing the opening sequence of The Lion King. Movies are more than just escapism to Nick, they're a crucial part of our society that shape who we are. He now serves as the Features Editor at Flickreel and author of its regular column, 'Nick Flicks'.

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