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‘It: Chapter Two’ Slips to 5th Place; ‘3 From Hell’ Performs Well in Limited Release

While it appears that Pennywise’s popularity is still high, the nearly three hour long sequel can’t match 2017’s “It-Mania”, as Chapter Two slipped into fifth place at this weekend’s box office with an estimated $15 million.

It: Chapter Two’s total box office is nothing to cry about (with nearly $178 million in domestic sales), but the ever-widening gap between the original’s box office performance and the sequel is significant.  It: Chapter Two is currently trailing It by $90 million, and that number will increase with additional box office competition in October and reduced interest in the sequel.  Three new releases (Downton Abbey, Ad Astra, and Rambo: Last Blood) defeated It, as well as the film that finished in second place to Chapter Two last week, HustlersIt: Chapter Two should be able to maintain a respectable box office return next week, but as soon as the highly anticipated Joker film hits theaters on October 4, expect Pennywise to give way to the original mad clown, as It’s box office run begins to wrap up. read more

‘It: Chapter Two’ Takes Top Spot at Box Office Carnival with $91 Million

In probably the least surprising box office news of the year, It: Chapter Two dominated all competition at the weekend box office with an estimated $91 million start, although not all of the numbers associated with the sequel are as rosy red as Pennywise’s favorite balloons.

The much more expensive sequel (more than double the first film’s 35 million dollar budget, coming in at $79 million) laughed all the way to the bank for the second best start for a September release, the second best start for a horror film, and the fourth best ever opening for a R-rated feature.  With no direct competition until the original mad clown, The Joker, arrives on October 4, It: Chapter Two should continue to deliver solid numbers for all of September and into the Halloween month of October when horror films traditionally reign supreme. read more

‘IT: Chapter Two’ Scores Killer Thursday Night Box Office

America is still down with the clown.  Deadline is reporting that the much-anticipated continuation of the classic Stephen King novel, IT: Chapter Two, took home a Thursday-night haul of $10.5 million in around 3,700 theaters nationwide.  That figure is good for the second-best September horror opening in history.  Which film continues to hold the top spot?  The first IT from 2017, of course, which brought in $13.5 million.  New Line Cinema has to be very pleased that folks love being scared. read more

The ‘It’ Kids to be Digitally De-Aged for ‘It: Chapter Two’

Finally the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Martin Scorsese, and It: Chapter Two all have something in common! The MCU has employed digital de-aging on the likes of Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, and Robert Downey Jr. in order to retcon and/or expand its moneymaking empire, and Scorsese will roll back the clock on legendary actors Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci for one final powerhouse ensemble performance in this fall’s The Irishman. And now It: Chapter Two will bring moviegoers back to a time we never thought would be capable for this budding technology: 2017! read more

Executive Producers of Original TV Adaptation of ‘It’ File Suit Against Warner Bros.

Some fans found the recent It film scary, but the scariest part of It for Warner Brothers may be the recent lawsuit filed against the company by the original producers of the It television movie.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Frank Konigsberg and Larry Sanitsky, executive producers of the first adaptation of Stephen King’s horror novel, It, say they were wrongfully denied an opportunity to participate on Warner Bros’ recent It movies.”  The two also allege that they had a contractual right to negotiate for any “sequel, series, remake, or spinoff.”  The real fright for the WB is Konigsberg and Sanitsky’s claim to a “…minimum share of 10 percent of net profits on any such subsequent production.” read more

‘IT’ Director Andy Muschietti Would Like to Remake ‘The Howling’

While we generally don’t post news like this unless the project is being developed, we had to make an exception this time. Last night At New Line’s ScareDiego session of IT Chapter Two, director Andy Muschietti was asked what horror film he’d like to remake next. The director told the crowd that it would be The Howling.

The Howling was released on April 10, 1981 and featured arguably the scariest werewolves of all time. The film bolstered an amazing horror cast consisting of Dee Wallace, Robert Picardo, Belinda Balaski, Patrick Macnee, Christopher Stone, Kevin McCarthy, John Carradine, Dick Miller and Elisabeth Brooks. The Howling went on to win the 1980 Saturn Award for Best Horror Film. read more

Final ‘It Chapter Two’ Trailer Released

If you have been anxiously awaiting the final full length trailer and the hijinks of Pennywise the clown, your prayers have been answered.

The sequel to the financial juggernaut takes place after all of those “little rascals” from the first film have grown up and include James McAvoy as Bill Denbrough, Jay Ryan as Ben Hanscom, Jessica Chastain as Beverly Marsh, Bill Hader as Richie Tozier, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike Hanlon, James Ransone as Eddie Kaspbrak and Andy Bean as Stan Uris (Bill Skarsgård will naturally be reprising his role of Pennywise). read more

Teaser Trailer for ‘It: Chapter 2’ is Here!

The wait is over! Horror fans have been eagerly anticipating any sort visual for Andy Muschietti’s follow-up to the 2017 blockbuster It and now it’s here.  Set 27 years after the events of the first film, the beloved “Losers Club” are all adults now and are called back to their childhood home of Derry, Maine by Mike Hanlon, the only one of the group to never leave the town, to once again face off with the terrifying alien-clown Pennywise.

Reprising his role of Pennywise from the first film is Bill Skarsgård. The adult “Losers Club” for It: Chapter 2 are played by James McAvoy as Bill Denbrough, Jay Ryan as Ben Hanscom, Jessica Chastain as Beverly Marsh, Bill Hader as Richie Tozier, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike Hanlon, James Ransone as Eddie Kaspbrak and Andy Bean as Stan Uris. Teach Grant will be playing the adult Henry Bowers while Jess Weixler takes on the role of Audra Phillips, Bill Denbrough’s wife. read more

USAopoly Releasing ‘It’-Themed Games for 2019 and 2020

USAopoly, or as they’re now re-branded – “The Op”, brought us one of our favorite games of last year with Trivial Pursuit: Horror Movie Edition (click here for that story) so fellow staffer Sean McLaughlin and I were pretty psyched to happen upon their booth at New York Toy Fair a few weeks back. We were greeted by Raquel who could immediately tell that we didn’t have much interest in their line of Disney games (which I’m sure are fantastic) and we were escorted directly to a secret corner section of their enclosed area where she showed us the treats that we were not allowed to discuss – until now. read more

Extended Trailer for ‘Pennywise: The Story of It’ Hits the Web

Dead Mouse Productions and Cult Screenings UK Ltd. have just released an extended trailer for their feature length documentary on the 1990 television mini-series of Stephen King’s It. Featuring interviews with Tim Curry, Tommy Lee Wallace, and nearly all of the series’ living main cast members, the documentary digs into the nitty gritty of what it was like to put together such an iconic production on such a small budget. Turns out, it isn’t very easy to shoot a lengthy feature with so many adolescent leads, and Mr. Curry was happy to egg those rascally kids on in full costume in between cigarette breaks throughout the shoot! read more