Horror Film ‘IT’ Wins Big at the Australian Box Office – Real Big

IT has smashed records this weekend at the box office, as it became the #1 grossing horror film of all-time for an opening weekend in Australia.

The film, directed by Andy Muschietti and based on the popular Stephen King novel of the same name, released across cinemas on 7 September 2017 in Australia.

Across it’s opening weekend, the film has reached a staggering $7.47 million at the Australian box office, which is more than double the previous record holder for best all-time weekend opener in 2016’s The Conjuring 2, which earned $3.52 million.

IT has also surpassed the box office 2017 opening weekends for other successful films like Wonder Woman ($6.78 million) and Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk ($6 million).

The film has also done incredibly well at the New Zealand box office, bringing in $1.2 million, sending it into the top 20 for the highest grossing opening weekend Warner Bros. films of all-time.

This is great news for King’s latest adaptation, as well as director Andy Muschietti and everyone else involved in the film.

What’s better is that it’s very impressive to see a horror film smash records like this, as it means the genre is well and truely alive, and we’re still getting good quality material out of it (see our review of IT here).

News recently surfaced that the film’s sequel had already been green-lit (before its release), which seemed strange at the time, however with these figures locally (and abroad), it all makes sense.

Have you seen IT yet?

Let us know your thoughts on the film in the comments below.


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