‘It’ Is About to Become the Highest-Grossing R-Rated Horror Film of All Time
It is continuing to break records at the box office, and the film is just days away from becoming the highest-grossing R-rated horror film ever made.
Currently, that record is held by The Exorcist, which grossed $233 million. With this weekend’s numbers now in, It‘s domestic total thus far is $218 million, just $15 million shy of The Exorcist‘s record. Last week, It grossed $19 million between Monday and Tuesday, and so the film will almost certainly break the record later this week.
Of course, this is not adjusted for inflation. In today’s dollars, The Exorcist grossed $983 million, a number that It will not be able to pass.
It is also likely to become the highest-grossing horror film of all time regardless of MPAA rating. Currently, that title is held by The Sixth Sense, if you count that film as horror and not merely thriller. M. Night Shyamalan’s 1999 classic grossed $293 million, the equivalent of $512 million today. It will very likely beat that $293 million gross by the end of its run, though it won’t be able to touch the adjusted box office take.
The Stephen King book adaptation already broke the record for biggest opening weekend for a horror film, taking in an unprecedented $117 million in its first few days. The previous record was Paranormal Activity 3‘s $52 million, or Hannibal‘s $58 million if this is counted as a horror film. It is also the highest-grossing September release in any genre.
It remains to be seen what It‘s total box office take might be, but most analysts expect it to top $300 million and perhaps gross as much as $360 million. This would make it the fourth highest-grossing movie of the year, behind only Beauty and the Beast, Wonder Woman, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Needless to say, It has surpassed all expectations. It was originally projected to gross about $60 million in its opening weekend, but it ended up nearly doubling that and becoming one of the biggest movie phenomenons of 2017. This past weekend, It absolutely crushed newcomers American Assassin ($14 million) and mother! ($7.5 million), though it will face some competition this coming weekend with the release of Kingsman: The Golden Circle and The Lego Ninjago Movie.