Last weekend, saw Warner Bros IT: Chapter Two float up to the top of the weekend box office charts with $91 million.
While it’s below the projected $100-110 million projected by box office prognosticators, it’s still one of the largest opening weekends ever for a horror film or a September release.
Opening on 4,570 screens, the Stephen King adaptation will pass the $76 million opening earned by last year’s Halloween for the second highest opening of any horror film, sitting only behind the $123 million earned by the first IT.
So, now that we have seen the numbers, let’s talk the quality for a second.
IT: Chapter Two currently sits its almost 3-hour running time on Rotten Tomatoes at 63%. It’s not a splat, but it is well below the original’s 86% based on 359 reviews. The sequel’s summary consensus says, “It: Chapter Two proves bigger doesn’t always mean scarier for horror sequels, but a fine cast and faithful approach to the source material keep this follow-up afloat.”
That’s where the critics stand. But what about the fans? How do they feel about not only this King adaptation of his very thick book, but just King in general? For every Stand By Me and Shining adaptation there is also The Dark Tower and Lawnmower Man.
Video rental giant Redbox recently took a poll of its most avid users to see where they stand regarding Stephen King film adaptations.
Here is what they chose as the five top Stephen King Films:
1. Shawshank Redemption
2. The Green Mile
3. The Shining
5. Stand by Me
Which do you think was better? The book or the movie? Post your comments below.
The film stars Bill Skarsgard, James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Jay Ryan, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Wyatt Oleff.
IT: Chapter Two is currently in theaters.