IT Haunts No. 1 … Again

IT Chapter Two Movie Monday

Make way for the king. Stephen King, that is.

IT Chapter Two, the sequel to 2017’s record-setting IT (both of which were based on King’s 1986 novel), scared up a huge win this weekend, gobbling up an estimated $91 million in North America for a bury-your-head-in-the-covers first-place finish. That gives Chapter Two the second-biggest horror opening of all time. Who’s No. 1? Do we really have to say … IT? (Chapter Two’s predecessor earned $123 million in its opening frame.)

It would seem that nightmares don’t recognize borders, either. Chapter Two earned another $94 million overseas, giving the fright flick a truly terrifying $185 million global haul.

Compared to the monstrous moneymaker of Chapter Two, every other movie was just (ahem) clowning around.

Two-time champ Angel Has Fallen really did fall this weekend … to No. 2. It earned $6 million over the weekend, pushing its total tally to $53.5 million. Good Boys slid to third with $5.4 million. And The Lion King continues to flash its aged teeth, collecting another $4.2 million for fourth. The Lion King has now roared to a grand total of $529.1 million. That’s about $106 million more than the original classic banked back in 1994. (Of course, if you adjust for inflation, the original King is still way out in front: According to Box Office Mojo, the 1994 flick made the equivalent of $803.2 million in 2019 money.)

The Christian flick Overcomer hasn’t made quite that much cash, but it continues to hang out in the top five. It earned nearly $3.8 million, according to early estimates, pushing its total to $24.7 million.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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