BOX OFFICE: IT CHAPTER TWO Earns $10.5 Million on Thursday

BOX OFFICE: IT CHAPTER TWO Earns $10.5 Million on Thursday

It: Chapter 2 opened on Thursday making $10.5 million at the box office, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

This Thursday night performance is the second-best preview gross ever for a horror film behind the first It, which grossed $13.5 million in previews. The first installment went on to earn a record-shattering debut of $123.4 million.

It: Chapter 2 is on track to earn $90 million-plus for the weekend. The film will play in a total of 4,570 theaters by Friday, the widest location count ever for the month of September.

It: Chapter Two is Muschietti's follow-up to 2017's critically acclaimed and massive worldwide box office hit "IT," which grossed over $700 million globally. Both redefining and transcending the genre, "IT" became part of the cultural zeitgeist as well as the highest-grossing horror film of all time.

Because every 27 years evil revisits the town of Derry, Maine, "It Chapter Two" brings the characters-who've long since gone their separate ways-back together as adults, nearly three decades after the events of the first film.

Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain ("Zero Dark Thirty," "Mama") stars as Beverly, James McAvoy ("Split," upcoming "Glass") as Bill, Bill Hader (HBO's "Barry," "The Skeleton Twins") as Richie, Isaiah Mustafa (TV's "Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments") as Mike, Jay Ryan (TV's "Mary Kills People") as Ben, James Ransone (HBO's "The Wire") as Eddie, and Andy Bean ("Allegiant," Starz' "Power") as Stanley. Reprising their roles as the original members of the Losers Club are Jaeden Martell as Bill, Wyatt Oleff as Stanley, Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie, Finn Wolfhard as Richie, Sophia Lillis as Beverly, Chosen Jacobs as Mike, and Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben. Bill Skarsgård returns in the seminal role of Pennywise.

Read the original article on The Hollywood Reporter.

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