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'It' becomes highest-grossing American horror film of all time

UPI News Service, 09/24/2017 

"It," the adaptation of Stephen King's novel about a child-eating clown, is now the highest-grossing horror movie in U.S. history, continuing its torrid pace at the box office.

The film overtook the 1973 horror classic "The Exorcist" on the U.S. box office list this week.

The distinction comes with a few asterisks.

"The Exorcist" is still the highest-grossing horror movie when factoring in global box office revenue, and the list does not factor in the inflated cost of movie tickets in 2017, compared to the cost of a ticket in 1973.

Still, the Warner Bros. and New Line production has hauled in a whopping $236.3 million in the United States in just two weeks, making it the highest-grossing September movie release of all time. It cost an economical $35 million to make.

Forbes estimated It could wind up topping $313 million in domestic box office receipts by the end of its run.

If those predictions hold, It would overtake "The Exorcist" for the top international gross for an R-rated horror film.

The film trails the record by about $40 million entering its third weekend in wide release.

Given the response so far, theater owners are likely to keep the film playing through the run-up to Halloween next month.


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