When the going gets really hot in Houston the best place to hang is an air-conditioned theater seat with popcorn at hand and a deliciously scary movie on the silver screen. August was frightfully hot but very disappointing for theater managers hoping to fill their seats, but this weekend’s release of “It: Chapter 2” should be putting a smile on their faces.
The sequel to the film that introduced Pennywise to audiences didn’t hit the high-water mark of the original that brought in $123.4 million in ticket sales, but did become to second-best opening of a scary movie of all time at $91 million.
Hollywood had a disappointing summer and August brought no relief. The Kitchen and Blinded by the Light were bombs. It: Chapter 2 portends well for another scary movie that will hit theaters October 4. The Joker, the prequel to what we know in the story of Batman’s arch-nemesis, starring Joaquin Phoenix, won top honors this weekend at the Venice Film Festival.