Scary Movies Top The Charts During Halloween Weekend

For once in this insane, upside-down 2020, something actually made sense–horror movies were kings of the box office this Halloween weekend.

The new horror flick Come Play was the biggest winner over this past weekend–raking in more than $3 million from domestic movie theaters–but other genre films (both new and old) also cracked the Top 10, as reported by

Starting with the spooky weekend’s best earner, Come Play–which follows a couple fighting to save their son after a mysterious creature uses electronic devices to break into our world–enjoyed a profitable opening weekend. The film–written and directed by Jacob Chase–stars Gillian Jacobs, John Gallagher Jr., Azhy Robertson and Winslow Fegley.

The Empty Man–in its second week–came in fifth place at the box office, with $560,000 (for a total of $2.2 million). This film–based on the BOOM! Studios graphic novel by Cullen Bunn and Vanesa R. Del Rey–tells the story of an ex-cop, on the trail of a missing girl, who uncovers a secret group trying to summon a terrifying supernatural being. The Empty Man stars James Badge Dale, Marin Ireland and Stephen Root.

Coming in at sixth place was the re-release of the seasonal favorite Hocus Pocus, which brought in $456,000 (for an overall total of $46 million). Hocus Pocus–directed by Kenny Ortega from a screenplay by Neil Cuthbert and Mick Garris–stars (of course) Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy. As reported here in Horror News Network, the cinematic Sanderson Sisters recently confirmed they will return for a much-anticipated sequel.

The Nightmare Before Christmas was next in seventh place, grossing $386,000 in its third week of re-release (for an overall total of $78 million). The popular holiday classic–directed by Henry Selick from an idea by Tim Burton–stars the songs and score (and the singing voice) of Danny Elfman.

The original Halloween–from John Carpenter and starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence–came in eighth, taking in $315,000 in its second week of re-release (for an overall total of $48 million). MonstersInc. was ninth, grossing $232,000 in its second week of re-release (for an overall total of $257 million). The animated film–directed by Pete Docter–features the voices of John Goodman, Billy Crystal and Mary Gibbs. Spell, in its opening weekend, rounded out the Top 10 with $210,000. The movie–directed by Mark Tonderai and written by Kurt Wimmer–stars Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine and Andre Jacobs.

Keep reading Horror News Network for more box office results for new (and classic) genre films as 2020 winds down.

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Thomas Tuna
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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