35 Years After Freddy, ‘It: Chapter Two’ and ‘Conjuring’ Take New Line Into New Horror Golden Age

The House That Freddy Built has been refurbished by Annabelle and Pennywise

New Line Cinema is currently enjoying a multi-year horror movie hot streak continued this weekend with “It: Chapter Two,” the sequel to a Stephen King adaptation that redefined what a horror film is capable of making at the box office. “It: Chapter One” was not only the first horror film to gross over $100 million in its opening weekend, it also went on to earn $700 million worldwide, and this month’s “Chapter Two” opened to $91 million and $185 million worldwide.

But New Line’s horror goldmine is familiar territory for a studio which was saved from failure 35 years ago by one of the most iconic franchises in the genre’s history.

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Jeremy Fuster

Jeremy Fuster

Box Office Reporter • jeremy.fuster@thewrap.com