Sep 28, 2017 04:34 PM EST

It Breaks Through the Half Billion Mark and Keeps Rising

It Breaks Through the Half Billion Mark and Keeps Rising
"It" was one of the most anticipated films of the year, so it comes as no surprise that New Line Cinema has announced that the film has broken the $500 million mark worldwide.

The announcement was made today by Sue Kroll, President Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. 

"Crossing $500 million is rarified air for any film, but for a horror film it is history-making, and we could not be prouder.  The filmmakers and cast did more than make a box office hit; they created a communal, must-see moviegoing event that has reverberated around the globe and is still going strong.  We congratulate Andy Muschietti, the extraordinary producing team, and everyone involved in ‘IT' on reaching this amazing milestone", said Kroll.

The critically acclaimed blockbuster is now the highest-grossing horror film ever, breaking the 44-year record belonging to "The Exorcist," one of the longest-held records in cinema history.

The film stars Bill Skarsgård ("Allegiant," TV's "Hemlock Grove") as the story's central villain, Pennywise.  An ensemble of young actors also star in the film, including Jaeden Lieberher ("Midnight Special"), Jeremy Ray Taylor ("Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip"), Sophia Lillis ("37"), Finn Wolfhard (TV's "Stranger Things"), Wyatt Oleff ("Guardians of the Galaxy"), Chosen Jacobs (upcoming "Cops and Robbers"), Jack Dylan Grazer ("Tales of Halloween"), Nicholas Hamilton ("Captain Fantastic") and Jackson Robert Scott, making his film debut.

Andy Muschietti directed "IT" from a screenplay by Chase Palmer & Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman, based on the novel by King.  Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg and Barbara Muschietti produced the film, with Dave Neustadter, Walter Hamada, Richard Brener, Toby Emmerich, Marty P. Ewing, Doug Davison, Jon Silk and Niija Kuykendall executive producing.
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