In celebration of this past Friday's lucrative release, IT Chapter Two cast members are taking to social media to give fans a glimpse behind the scenes of the bloody sequel. Finn Wolfhard, who plays the young Richie Tozier, posted a delightful photo showing just how much he has grown since the first film, James McAvoy Bill Denbrough shared a handful of selfies in front of notable locations and Jessica Chastain took the time to post a hilarious and blood-filled image of herself.
Despite its mixed reviews that resulted in a 63% on Rotten Tomatoes from critics and an 80% from the audience, IT Chapter Two dominated the box office with a $91 million opening in North America. Although it is far short from its record-setting first installment which had a $123 million debut, it is a promising start for the follow-up, and the cast is feeling the excitement.
Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard posted an image from the early days of shooting in which he couldn't fit in his first film's wardrobe. In the caption he said this.
"Start of filming IT Chapter Two. We had to let out the sleeves a little from Richie's jacket from IT Chapter One. #practicaleffects #slowclap #StanleyUrisBarMitzvahWeekend"
James McAvoy Split, X-Men: Days of Future Past, on the other hand, posted a stream of photos. The actor has a busy year of films, so he even slipped a few from his other projects, Dark Phoenix and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, both of which he stars alongside Beverly Marsh portrayer Jessica Chastain.
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The most recent peek behind the camera comes from Chastain Molly's Game herself with the following caption.
"Yes, I'm as shook as I look! Thanks for making IT Chapter 2, #1 in the world this weekend!"
With a bloodied face and a look of silly surprise, Chastain garnered the comments. Some even came from her colleagues including The Rock who simply said, "congrats!!!" beside clapping hands, a quick series of celebratory memes from Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg, and Michael Gandolfini who added, "You're the biggest inspiration, thank you for inspiring me."
While the stars continue to celebrate, the 2 hour and 49 minute movie plays across the country. IT Chapter Two picks up 27 years after the evil clown Pennywise was seemingly defeated by the members of the Losers Club. Yet, he comes back to terrorize the town of Derry, Maine. The childhood friends have gone their separate ways, but once people start disappearing, the now adult Losers Club return to stand against the evil shape-shifter once again. Wrought with pain and trauma, their deepest fears will haunt them while Pennywise grows more powerful than ever.
The horror flick stars Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise, Jessica Chastain as Beverly Marsh, James McAvoy as Bill Denbrough, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike Hanlon, Bill Hader as Richie Tozier, Andy Bean as Stanley Uris, Jay Ryan as Ben Hanscom, and James Ransone as Eddie Kaspbrak as well as the original actors who portrayed the younger versions of each character.
The film was produced by New Line Cinema and Vertigo Entertainment. It was released across the United States by Warner Bros. Pictures on September 6, 2019. These images were kicked off by Jessica Chastain on Instagram.
After Stephen King’s IT arrived on the big screen with chills and thrills, making it the highest grossing horror movie of all-time, audiences couldn’t wait to see how the story continued. But were they anticipating it enough to sit through a 169-minute movie where half of the adventure doesn’t really payoff and has more laughs than scares? The significantly less impressive box office says no, and honestly, they’re probably better off for it. Find out why in the Honest Trailer for IT Chapter Two below.
IT Chapter Two Honest Trailer
Maybe the biggest problem with IT Chapter Two is that the juxtaposition of horror and comedy is rather jarring. There seem to be far too many jokes to let the movie feel truly scary. Just when you feel suspense or tension, there’s another joke that comes up. Granted, some theorize that humor and horror are closer than you might thing thanks to our feelings of incongruity and transgression. We laugh when something unexpected happens, but we can also feel fear in the face of something sudden. Unfortunately, that’s not really what happens with IT Chapter Two, and instead we’re left with more of a feeling of confusion and exhausting when all is said and done.
But perhaps the weirdest thing in this movie is how the actors who played the young Losers’ Club needed to be digitally de-aged because many of them grew up too much in the two years following the release of IT. Specifically, Finn Wolfhard, Jeremy Ray Taylor, and Jack Dylan Grazer grew up enough that their faces needed some visual effects help to look like their young selves again. It’s a reminder of how fast we’re all sprinting to the grave, and that’s more terrifying than most of what Pennywise does throughout the movie, especially since he never actually kills anyone when he has a chance.
Week three of no theatrical releases. That will technically change soon — Universal’s premium VOD-opening “Trolls World Tour” has a handful of still-open drive-ins to play don’t expect any grosses reported. But it was a week full of important stories, with particular interest in a series of release date adjustments. However, no date can be realized if theaters aren’t open, and nobody knows when that will be.
• Exhibitor trade organization NATO held a webinar Friday. President John Fifthian raised hope that some theaters might be open by late May or early June. AMC Entertainment CEO Adam Aron, who oversees the most screens in North America reiterated his hopes for mid-June.
• With the COVID-19 still in its early stages of national spread, uncertainty about the curve flattening, and signs that in China, which had the earliest outbreaks three months ago, that viral decline doesn’t equal viral defeat, the reality is it could be weeks before anyone can make a reasonable assessment on reopening.
• Countering industry optimism that after weeks indoors, people will flock to theaters is a survey by Performance Research about public attitudes on return to public events. It saw 49 percent of respondents saying feeling safe about returning to theaters ranged from in a few months to never, with 28 percent saying if they do return, it will be less often. That said: This is a snapshot taken nearly two weeks ago, and shouldn’t be considered predictive. It showed similar or worse results for sporting events, concerts, and theme parks.
• Sports league executives spoke with President Trump, who urged resumption as soon as possible. However, Dr. Alan Sills, chief medical officer for the NFL, cautioned it is premature to believe that football can return this fall. Governors in some states that aren’t fully shut down, like Nebraska, encouraged voluntary compliance — with the threat that if the virus isn’t contained, their ardent fans might not have a season. Sports, of course, demand close player and spectator contact, and are more vulnerable even than theaters to the ongoing threat of contagion. But the idea that it is conceivable the country could have a year with no more sports is even more shocking than disruption to theaters.
• The key takeaway from multiple studio release schedule changes is, in re-dating titles, they don’t expect theaters to be fully operational until July at the earliest. Though key June and July titles like Pixar’s “Soul” and Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” remain in those months, “Mulan” on July 24 is the earliest rescheduled date for any major title. Other date changes act as a diversion while theaters are closed, but the reality is everything is written in pencil, not pen.