‘It’ Hovers Past $500 Million at Worldwide Box Office

Andy Muschietti’s critically-acclaimed film is already the highest-grossing horror film ever

“It” will pass the $500 million worldwide box office mark on Thursday, Warner Bros. announced.

Andy Muschietti’s critically-acclaimed Stephen King adaptation is also the highest-grossing horror film ever, and in the process broke the 44-year record belonging to “The Exorcist.”

Domestically, the film starring Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the Clown has grossed $270.4 million since its debut on Sept. 8. The film has broken several other records, including top horror film opening and biggest September opening for any film.

“Crossing $500 million is rarified air for any film, but for a horror film it is history-making, and we could not be prouder,” said Sue Kroll, president of worldwide marketing and distribution at Warner Bros. “The filmmakers and cast did more than make a box office hit; they created a communal, must-see moviegoing event that has reverberated around the globe and is still going strong. We congratulate Andy Muschietti, the extraordinary producing team, and everyone involved in ‘It’ on reaching this amazing milestone.”

“It” is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, which was first published in 1986. It tells the story of seven kids who are terrorized by a shapeshifting predator that takes on their fears. Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard and Wyatt Oleff also star.

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