'IT' Becomes All-Time Highest Grossing Horror Film

'IT' Becomes All-Time Highest Grossing Horror Film”

The juggernaut that is the IT movie keeps on breaking records and, according to Warner Bros. the New Line production will be the highest-grossing USA horror movie ever when it blows past The Exorcist's $232.9 million sometime this Thursday.

However the title is somewhat controversial, as the film's distributors Warner Bros claim box office smashes Jaws, Sixth Sense and I Am Legend are not eligible for the title as they are "hybrid" rather than true horror films. Stephen Spielberg's 1975 juggernaut Jaws (shockingly rated PG at the time) has grossed $260 million domestically to date ($1.1 billion adjusted for inflation), while the PG-13-rated M. Night Shyamalan 1999 mind-bender The Sixth Sense, while supernatural in nature but still considered horror, grossed $293.5 million ($511.8 million adjusted).

Hitting that number would also easily allow it to pass "Gravity" (which generated $274 million in domestic gross revenue) as the highest-grossing October release of all time. Combining its initial theatrical run and subsequent re-releases (including an extended direcotr's cut in 2010), The Exorcist has made $232.9 million at the domestic box office.

That proved to be the first domino to fall, as the Andy Muschietti-directed pic has since chewed through practically every box office in its path to stardom, and Deadline today brings word of what is arguably It's most impressive feat yet.

Two other factors to consider are the global grosses of the films and also their box office numbers when adjusted for inflation. Another big draw for horror fans when it came to Annabelle: Creation was the producer credit for James Wan, the original guy behind The Conjuring pics.

High fives again to Warner Bros. President of Worldwide marketing Blair Rich, who oversees New Line's product, and to the label's horror production execs Walter Hamada and Dave Neustadter as well as WB senior production exec Niija Kuykendall, who worked in shepherding It.

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