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'It' Beats 'Deadpool' To Become The Biggest R-Rated Movie Opening Ever

'It' Beats 'Deadpool' To Become The Biggest R-Rated Movie Opening Ever

Everybody loves a clown.

Claire Reid

Claire Reid

It's bad news for Ryan Reynods (see what I did there?) because the supernatural horror film has smashed the record set by Deadpool to become the biggest R-rated movie opening of all time. Impressive.

The film has been one of the most highly anticipated of 2017, and it definitely looks like it will live up to the hype:

Credit: Warner Bros/New Line

Proving that people just love being scared shitless, the remake of It, directed by Andrés Muschietti and starring Bill Skarsgard, opened on Thursday and took $13.5 million compared to Deadpool which took $12.7 million in previews last year.

Not content with smashing that record, Deadline also reports that It had the largest opening gross for a horror movie, the largest ever for a Stephen King adaptation and the biggest September preview gross.


Predictions for how much the film will take at the box office now range from around $65 million to $100 million.

The film, which is a remake of the original 1990 miniseries, is based on Stephen King's book and tells the story of seven children who are stalked by a predatory, shape-shifting being referred to as 'It'.

'It' usually takes the form of a properly creepy looking clown called Pennywise.

Credit: Warner Bros/New Line

In March this year, director Andrés Muschietti told USA Today: "It's established that Pennywise takes the shape of your worst fear.

"He doesn't have a steady behaviour, he doesn't expose how he thinks, and that's what makes him really unpredictable.

Credit: Warner Bros/New Line

"And because no-one knows what he'll do next or how, the space between appearances - with the occasional red balloon creepily floating by - becomes a feeling of dread that grows in people's minds.''

I saw the original when I was a kid and it set off a phobia of clowns that has stayed with ever since. Having said that, I still can't wait to see this.

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros/New Line

Topics: IT, Pennywise, Stephen King, Movie