IT surpasses The Exorcist to become North America's biggest horror movie ever

BILL SKARSGÅRD as Pennywise in New Line Cinema's horror thriller "IT," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

The IT movie revamp has become North America's highest-grossing horror film in box office history.

The new adaptation of the Stephen King thriller, starring Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise, the scary clown who haunts a small town, hit theaters for previews on September 7th before its wide release on September 8th.

IT broke multiple records as it debuted at number one during its opening weekend, scoring the highest-grossing horror film debut in history with $117.2 million, as well as securing the title of the biggest September opening ever at the North American box office.

The remake, directed by Andy Muschietti, has continued to scare up a storm, and on Thursday, officially surpassed The Exorcist to steal the honor of the biggest horror film release in North American history with a total to date of $236.3 million.

The Exorcist's 1973 original and its two subsequent director's cut re-releases helped the supernatural thriller bank $232.9 million domestically, according to

It's continued success is all great news for Muschietti, who has already started work on a follow-up.

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