Leave it to Pennywise to deliver a much-needed jolt to the domestic box office. Warner Bros. and New Lines “It: Chapter Two” arrived with $91 million, a promising start to fall after a lackluster summer moviegoing season.
While those ticket sales are behind the jaw-dropping $123 million launch of its predecessor, 2017s “It,” the sequel still ranks as the second-best horror opening in history, as well as the second-highest bow for the month of September (both behind “It”).
Directed by Andy Muschietti, “It: Chapter Two” was also a necessary win for Warner Bros. after a dismal summer that saw disappointments such as “The Kitchen,” “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” and “Shaft.”
Based on the second half of Stephen Kings doorstop of a novel, “It: Chapter Two” picks up 27 years after the Losers Club thought they rid their small town of Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard). When the sewer-dwelling, shapeshifting clown resurfaces, the unlikely heroes return to their hometown of Derry, Maine to get rid of the demon once and for all.
Since “It: Chapter Two” was the only newcomer to movie theater marquees, popcorn season leftovers rounded out box office charts. In a very distant second place, Lionsgate and Millenniums “Angel Has Fallen” collected $6 million. After three weeks of release, the Gerard Butler-led action threequel has generated $53.46 million.