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New Stephen King film "It" sparks real life horror

New Stephen King film

According to Warner Bros, "It" should make a staggering $117.2m (£88m) from 4,103 locations in the United States, becoming the most successful horror film to ever premiere in the country.

The previous record holder for the biggest horror film opening was 'Paranormal Activity 3′ which had opened with $52.6m in 2011, and the biggest September debut was 'Hotel Transylvania 2′ which had grossed $48.5m in 2015.

September is packed with box office potential with The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and Darren Aronofsky's controversial Mother! This, during a weekend when Hurricane Irma threatens huge portions of Florida and Georgia, which could dent attendance by as much as 5%. That's the record for a horror film, and a substantial comeback for Hollywood after almost three months of low numbers. Directed by Andy Muschietti and made for around 35 million US dollars, the movie tells the story of seven children in Derry, Maine, who are terrorized by the eponymous being.

"Hollywood is reactionary and It has saved us from the terrors of under-budgeted genre films; this massive opening is a signal to the executives that people will show up for high-quality horror productions". Critics gave the Andres Muschietti film an 87% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 71/100 on Metacritic while ticket buyers graded IT a "B+" on CinemaScore.

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He also talks about how best to help the islands recover from the hurricane which is continuing to devastate Florida this morning. Richard Branson has filmed the devastation to his Necker Island home after being hit by Hurricane Irma .

Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Nicholas Hamilton, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor, and Sophia Lillis star with Bill Skarsgard, who portrays Pennywise.

In the United Kingdom, it topped the box office in the opening weekend with £9m across 604 cinemas.

North American ticket sales are down nearly 6% so far this year compared to 2016, according to Box Office Mojo, and Hollywood is coming off one of its worst summers in years.

Senior media analyst at comScore, Paul Dergarabedian, told Variety that this very fear created an "event for fans who came out to be scared en masse in the communal environment of the movie theater". Warner Bros has already tasked It co-writer Gary Dauberman to start working on Chapter 2, and a tentative 2019 release date has been set with Andy Muschietti returning to direct. Movies which supposedly many call horror are filled with violence and gruesome screens that do not define the true definition of horror films.