“IT” Becomes Highest-Grossing Horror Film of All Time

IT movie
via Warner Bros. Pictures

Following a massive opening weekend, the blockbuster adaptation of Stephen King’s novel IT continues to draw in people to the box office… and breaking a record in the process.

IT is now the highest-grossing horror film of all-time, taking in over $478 million worldwide and $266.3 million domestically. The film has surpassed The Exorcist, which previously held the record with $441.3 million globally and $232.9 million domestically.

The Andres Muschietti-directed film stars Bill Skarsgard as the terrifying clown Pennywise, who terrorizes the kids of Derry, Maine. The kid-heavy cast also includes Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, and Finn Wolfhard.

IT cost just $35 million, which means the studios made a hefty return on investment, and resulted in a sequel being immediately green lit.

IT is now the ninth highest-grossing R-rated release in history and the highest-grossing September release ever.