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'There's inside evil and there's outside evil': Stephen King talks about his thriller IT

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 12:01
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His novels have kept people turning pages with fear and anticipation for decades.

And movie-goers were just as excited to see one of their favorite Stephen King books turned into a horror flick again for the big screen as It raked in more than $123 million at the weekend box office in the US.

The 69-year-old writer said that his latest box-office success is based on a structure of evils.

'I divide evil two ways,' the best-selling author said in the featurette for his latest film adaptation of thriller It. 'There's inside evil and there's outside evil.'

Based on his 1986 suspense novel of the same name, the film follows a group of bullied kids in the town of Derry who join forces when a shapeshifter taking the appearance of an evil clown begins hunting down the children.  

'I've written books that deal directly with the idea that faith makes it possible to battle the monsters,' the author said of his works.

'Those kids ... they're the only ones who are still able to believe in monsters,' King said of the children in the film.

'You have to have faith, and you have to believe that good is going to triumph over evil,' King continued.

The horror hit is also expected to pull in more than $60 million from 46 markets overseas, according to Variety.

It officially has the third-largest opening weekend of 2017, which is more than Spider-Man: Homecoming at $117 million, according to Variety.  

On Thursday, the Andy Muschietti-directed film, which stars Bill Skarsgard as the evil clown Pennywise, racked up $13.5 million in opening receipts, the most ever for a September movie, a horror film, a motion picture with an R-rating and any films previously adapted from King's works. 

The financial windfall marked the third-best preview of the year, behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($17 million) and Beauty and the Beast ($16.3 million), according to the publication.  

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