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IT breaks UK box office record as new Facing Evil featurette is released


Story by Jack Foley

IT, the critically-acclaimed big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s perennial best-selling novel, has enjoyed the biggest horror opening of all-time at the UK box office.

Emulating its US success, the film took £9,884,000 across 604 cinemas during its opening weekend.

Directed by Andy Muschietti (Mama), the much-anticipated horror thriller tells the story of seven young outcasts growing up in the township of Derry, Maine, who call themselves the Losers’ Club.

Each of them has been ostracized for one reason or another; each has a target on their back from the local pack of bullies…and all have seen their inner fears come to life in the form of an ancient shape-shifting predator they can only call It.

In making the announcement about the film’s record-breaking opening, Josh Berger, President and Managing Director of Warner Bros. Entertainment UK, Eire and Spain, said: “IT is the film that everyone is talking about, whether fans of the genre or not, driving moviegoers across the UK and Ireland to brave the cinema for their own encounter with Pennywise.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the results, and congratulate New Line Cinema, director Andy Muschietti and his phenomenal cast and crew on this fantastic opening.”

IT stars Bill Skarsgård (Allegiant, TV’s Hemlock Grove) as the story’s central villain, Pennywise.

An ensemble of young actors also star in the film, including Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip), Sophia Lillis (37), Finn Wolfhard (TV’s Stranger Things), Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy), Chosen Jacobs (upcoming Cops and Robbers), Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales of Halloween), Nicholas Hamilton (Captain Fantastic) and Jackson Robert Scott, making his film debut.

To mark the film’s successful UK opening, a new featurette, named Facing Evil, has just been released…

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