Box office 2017: ‘It’ to become 5th movie to cross $300 million mark domestically

By the end of the week, Stephen King‘s “It” is estimated to become only the fifth movie of 2017 to cross the $300 million mark domestically. Adapted from King’s 1986 novel, “It” tells the story of seven kids in Maine who are terrorized by a frightening entity known as Pennywise the clown. As of this writing, “It” (directed by Andy Muschietti) has amassed $291 million in just over three weeks. It’s rare for horror movies to become such success stories, as their subject matter and R ratings often scare away movie-goers, but that’s not the case with “It.”

This is the second on-screen adaptation of “It” following the 1990 ABC television miniseries of the same name. That version of Pennywise was portrayed by Tim Curry, while Bill Skarsgard takes on the role of the updated 2017 character. Other actors to appear in the current film include Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis and Finn Wolfhard.

“It” follows the box office pattern of remakes, sequels and comic book heroes dominating the domestic box office so far this calendar year. The other Top 4 films of 2017 all represent those populist genres: “Beauty and the Beast” at $504 million domestically, “Wonder Woman” at $412 million, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” at $389 million and “Spider-Man: Homecoming” at $332 million.

Rounding out the Top 10 movies of the year, there’s “Despicable Me 3” at $262 million, “Logan” at $226 million, “The Fate of the Furious” at $225 million, “Dunkirk” at $186 million and “The LEGO Batman Movie” at $175 million. There’s still at least one blockbuster yet to come: “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi,” set to be released December 15, 2017. See more results at Box Office Mojo.

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