But while It may have bowled over cineastes in the media, it made an even bigger splash with audiences. In fact, upon release, It gained the biggest-ever opening of an R-rated movie in the U.S., with $51 million grossed on its first day alone. Moreover, the chiller quickly became the highest-grossing R-rated horror ever released in America.
And throughout the movie, Skarsgård’s eerie performance dominated the screen. In particular, his intense introduction from inside a storm drain is perhaps more disturbing than Curry’s famed 1990 portrayal of the same. That horrifying moment was even parodied by Kate McKinnon in a 2017 episode of Saturday Night Live.