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It shatters box office records

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The 2017 film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel It has overtaken The Sixth Sense to become the highest domestic grossing horror film of all time.

The film earned $294.3 million to surpass the Sixth Sense’s previous record of $293.5 million, as of Oct. 4, 2017.

It (2017), released Sept. 8, has already surpassed The Exorcist as the highest earning R-rated horror film of all time, beating the 1973 film’s record of $232.9 million. The film also holds the title of largest domestic opening weekend for the month of September and for the fall season, having earned $123.4 million within the first three days of its release.  The film boasts a score of 85 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ on Cinema Score.

The film follows the Losers Club, a group of seven children living in the town of Derry, Maine. The Losers must confront their greatest fears as they unravel the mystery of the supernatural entity terrorizing their town.

Bill Skarsgaard stars as the titular It, also known as Pennywise. The cast of the Losers consists of mostly new talent. Many filmgoers will recognize Finn Wolfhard, playing Richie Tozier in the film, as Mike Wheeler from the cultural phenomenon Netflix series, Stranger Things.

This is not the first adaptation of the famous Stephen King property. IT first came to the small screen in the form of a miniseries broadcast on ABC in November of 1990. The miniseries starred Tim Curry as Pennywise and consisted of two parts. The structure of the film and the miniseries differ, with both parts of the miniseries consisting of multiple flashbacks, and the film and its sequel being presented in a linear format.

The sequel to IT (2017) is slated for Sept. 6, 2019.

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