While the tail end of Summer is slim on major movies this year after the Lion King-Tarantino-Hobbs & Shaw triple punch in the next three weeks, the Fall gets an early start with the arrival of Andy Muschietti’s “IT: Chapter Two” which opens in the first weekend of September.
The first film in 2017 opened to $123.4 million, the biggest September opening ever and the second-highest opening weekend for an R-rated movie, with the Stephen King adaptation going on to become the highest-grossing R-rated horror movie of all-time with a $700 million worldwide haul.
Now, BoxOfficePro has the early long-range tracking estimates for the follow-up which adapts the other half of King’s novel. They are predicting that the film will do at least as well on opening weekend as the original, if not surpassing it.
At present they’re saying the full box office range is currently looking to land somewhere between $110-$150 million with the best early guess at around $136 million. Where it lands in the wider range will depend upon marketing closer to the release and early reviews.
“IT: Chapter Two” opens in cinemas September 6th. It’s hoped a new trailer could go online later this week timed to the film’s promotional appearance at Comic Con where new footage is expected to be screened.