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‘It’ Smashes Box Office Records and J.J. Abrams is New Episode IX Director

The latest Stephen King adaptation, It, came out this past weekend, and it definitely left its mark in the box office. It was originally projected to make $50-60 million in its opening weekend, a number that is amazing on its own. However, surprising many people it managed to more than double those predictions and make $123 million in its opening weekend. This broke many box office records including:

  • Largest September Opening (Beating Hotel Transylvania 2 which opened with $48.5 million in 2015)
  • Largest Fall Opening (Gravity previously having this with a $55.8 million opening in 2013)
  • Largest Horror Movie Opening (Paranormal Activity 3 brought in $52.6 million in 2011)
  • Largest Stephen King Adaptation Opening (1408 came in at only $20.6 million in 2007)
  • Second Largest Opening For an R-Rated Film (Of course, Deadpool is in first place with $132 million in 2016)
  • Widest R-Rated Opening (It opened in 4,103 theaters beating Logan‘s 4,073 record)
  • Second Highest Total Gross For a Stephen King Adaptation (Unadjusted for inflation The Green Mile is in first place; Adjusted for inflation It is in seventh place)

I think we can all agree that this is one of the biggest box office surprises of the year. No one expected this to open this big. It even made more that Spider-Man: Homecoming, which opened at $117 million. You also have to keep in mind that there could have been a bigger opening if Hurricane Irma didn’t close down theaters in Florida. I do have admit that I haven’t seen It yet because we had family over from the hurricane, so I had to stay with them. I do send my condolences to all in Florida that were affected and the families of those who were affected by Hurricane Irma. Movies are fun to talk about, but real life is more important. Because of all that, I plan to see It next weekend. In the mean time, I’m working on another Stephen King movie review that should go up sometime this week. Guess what it is in the comments!

Image via Warner Bros.

In other news, Star Wars: Episode IX has a new director. Starwars.com announced that J.J. Abrams will return from Star Wars: The Force Awakens to work on the final film in the new Star Wars trilogy. Abrams will direct the film and co-write it with Oscar-winning Chris Terrio. Kathleen Kennedy made the following statement:

“With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy,”

Image via IMDb

I think this quote says what my thoughts are on Abrams returning. I loved The Force Awakens, it was a great reintroduction to the universe that was one of the most enjoyable Star Wars movies to date. I said in one of my previous articles that I thought Rian Johnson would direct Episode IX, so this is somewhat surprising to me. I am excited that J.J. is coming back, he will probably bring the fun feel that The Force Awakens had the close out the trilogy in a high note. However, I would have liked to see a new take for Episode IX instead of bringing back Abrams, but I’m certainly not upset by the choice they made. 

What do you think of It doing extremely well this weekend? Do you want to see J.J. Abrams return to direct Episode IX? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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