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It: Chapter Two posts huge $91 million US debut, $185 million globally

It: Chapter 2

Story by Jack Foley

HORROR sequel It: Chapter 2 has shot to the top of the US box office with a huge $91 million debut.

The figure wasn’t quite enough to match the record-breaking launch of the first film but it still marks the second-best horror debut of all time and the second-biggest for the month of September behind It. It’s also the top start for an R-rated film so far this year, not adjusted for inflation.

Globally, the film also scared up a storm of money, hitting $94 million from 75 markets for $185 million.

The figures provided a much needed boost to US box office coffers after a lousy August that brought the summer blockbuster season to an end with a whimper.

Internationally, meanwhile, Chapter 2 of the horror franchise actually beat the original in several countries, including the UK ($9.4 million), Russia ($8.8 million) and Mexico ($10.2 million).

Its failure to do the same in the US was put down to a slight less enthusiastic critical reception this time around, as well as a more lengthy running time – at two hours and 49 minutes the sequel is 35 minutes longer than the first film.

Andy Muschietti returns to direct the conclusion of his adaptation of Stephen King’s classic novel, which stars Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Isaiah Mustafa and Bill Hader and features the adult incarnations of the kids who battled the creepy clown Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard) 27 years earlier.

In terms of the rest of the box office, It: Chapter Two was the only new major studio release, which meant the remainder of the US top five was occupied by holdovers.

Gerard Butler’s Angel Has Fallen fell to No. 2 in its third outing with $6 million for a US total of $53.5 million, while R-rated comedy Good Boys, which grossed $5.4 million in its fourth weekend for a domestic tally of $66.9 million ($82.4 million globally), took third.

Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King remained in the top five in its eighth weekend with $4.2 million in the US. Overseas, it grossed another $13.4 million for a global haul of $1.59 billion.

While Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw crossed the $700 million mark globally going into the weekend.

For the full weekend, Universal’s action pic grossed $3.7 in the US to round out the top five, and $15.7 million overseas for a worldwide haul of $719.8 million.