‘IT’ makes box office history and the actor who plays Pennywise is actually a heartthrob in real life

The Stephen King horror movie “It” has rocked the box office and people are taking notice of the star who plays the flick’s protagonist.

And people are finding it amusing that actor Bill Skarsgård, who plays Pennywise the clown is more of a Hollywood heartthrob than the evil character he plays.

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Skarsgård comes from a famous family of actors in Sweden, including his father Stellan Skarsgård who starred in “The Hunt For Red October,” “Good Will Hunting,” and several “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies.

Skarsgård explained, in an appearance on Conan O’Brien, how his brother is partially responsible for helping him developing the evil smile for the frightening character.

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As for the movie itself, despite King banning President Donald Trump from seeing the film, “It” has become the highest grossing horror film in history, Fox News reported.

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Domestic ticket sales reached $236 million as of Friday, unseating the 1973 horror flick “The Exorcist.”

“The Exorcist” still has the lead in worldwide sales at $441.3 million to $404.3 million.

And when adjusted for inflation, because it was significantly cheaper to go to a movie in 1973, “The Exorcist” still holds the lead with $983 million in 2017 dollars.

Still, there is no doubt that “It” is hugely successful. In fact, “It” is so successful that Warner Bros. is talking about making a sequel, according to Entertainment Weekly.

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It’s also the highest grossing movie from King, who has had monster hits with “The Shawshank Redemption” which made $58.3 million in 1994, “Stand By Me,” which raked in $52.3 million in 1986, 1980’s “The Shining” which grossed $44.4 million and “Carrie,” which grabbed $33.8 million in 1976, according to Fox News.

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