'It Chapter Two' dominates worldwide as it lures audiences back into theaters

BILL SKARSGÅRD as Pennywise in New Line Cinema’s horror thriller "IT CHAPTER TWO,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Photo: Warner Bros.)

Box Office Weekend Estimates September 6 - 8, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — It's been a slow couple of weeks with modest to low attendance. The famine is over as weekend estimates are in and “It Chapter Two” is expected to easily take the top spot with $91 million. That’s down from the first film’s $123 million opening, but it is still the second largest opening of all time for a horror film. Overseas the film brought in $94 million. That's $30 million more than the movie's opening weekend. That pushes the film’s worldwide debut weekend to around $185 million. Any ground that was lost domestically was made up for internationally. The 2017 film went on to earn $700 million worldwide against a $35 million budget. Even if “It Chapter Two” cost twice as much to make, it is going to make Warner Bros. money.

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Reviews for “It Chapter Two” haven’t been nearly as glowing as they were for the first chapter. I consider 2017’s “It” to be one of my favorite horror films. It’s partly nostalgia, I was the same age as the Loser’s Club in 1988, but also some genuinely good filmmaking with some wonderful performances from its young cast. The sequel is a step backwards as it tries to squeeze too much into just under three hours. It might have been wiser to have made two two-hour films to give the narrative the room to breathe that it needed. Still, I enjoyed it enough.

The bombastic “Angel Has Fallen” sees Gerard Butler's character accused of trying to assassinate the President of the United States . The film continues to fleece audiences as it brought in $6 million domestically this weekend. The film's North America total is $54 million.

The R-rated comedy “Good Boys” will add $5.3 million for a domestic total of $66.8 million. That’s a fantastic total for a film that cost only $20 million to make. The film has taken in $66 million in North American ticket sales.

The Lion King” refuses to go away as it will bring in $4.19 million this weekend for a domestic total of $529 million. That makes the film the twelfth largest movie of all time in North America (factor in inflation and it drops to 71). The film's worldwide total of $1.59 billion is equally mind boggling and good enough for seventh place on the unadjusted-worldwide list.