Scary Good Box Office Results For ‘The Wretched’, ‘Becky’

This past weekend, two horror films dominated America’s movie theaters–primarily drive-ins–with both The Wretched and Becky attracting hordes of moviegoers and filling movie coffers.

The Wretched, from IFC Films, enjoyed a sizzling May, but Becky, from Quiver Distribution, gave it some stiff competition starting this month, according to Variety.

For the first weekend in June, The Wretched (check out the review from our Sean McLaughlin) pulled in $162,000, to boost its year-to-date total to more than $1 million. Not too shabby for a small indie film viewed mainly on drive-in screens.

The movie–which played on 95 screens this weekend (most of them drive-ins)–is also available on VOD. The film follows a young boy who discovers an evil witch in the nearby woods and must stop it from harming his neighbors.

Becky, on the other hand, outperformed its horror rival last weekend, taking in more than $178,000 in its debut at 42 drive-in locations. The thriller also is available through digital rental and VOD.

This strong initial showing made Becky the No. 1 drive-in draw so far this season, edging out The Wretched (read our Larry Dwyer’s review of Becky).

If you haven’t caught it yet, Becky tells the horrific story of a young girl (Lulu Wilson) who is forced to defend her home from a group of escaped convicts (led by Kevin James).

Keep reading Horror News Network for more updates on the strong theatrical showings of each of these surprising films.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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