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‘It’ Continues to Score at the Box Office, but ‘Friend Request’ is Denied

Even though It finished second to Kingsman: The Golden Circle at this weekend’s box office, It continued to add to its record-breaking totals by adding an estimated $30 million this weekend for a grand total of $266 million.

Earlier in the week, many media outlets reported the news that It is now officially the highest grossing horror film in history (although it does have a long way to go to catch the Exorcist which made over $232 million in 1973, which when adjusted for inflation totals over $983 million) and it is showing no signs of slowing down either.  The film should clear north of $320 million when it finally leaves theaters, and with October right around the corner, people will still be looking for Halloween scares at the theater. read more

‘It’ Floats to the Top and Destroys Box Office Records

Expectations were high for what It would do at the box office this weekend, but no one predicted the $123 million explosion that the film delivered at movie houses around the country.  

Most bullish predictions placed the film at a $70 million dollar debut, but It delivered the second largest R-rated opening weekend of all time, only behind Deadpool’s $132 million haul.  If the initial estimates hold, It will be the third highest opening of the year, beaten only by Beauty and the Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. read more

‘It’ Delivers Record-Breaking Thursday Night Opening

Expectations for It have been sky high for months, driven primarily by the depressing summer movie receipts (which are some of the worst returns in 25 years).

Well, it looks like the box office totals for It will be more “Penny Wise than pound foolish” this weekend as the Stephen King adaptation earned an estimated $13.5 million on Thursday night.

It is actually the third highest debut Thursday of 2017, behind only Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($17 million) and Beauty and the Beast ($16.3 million). The film also established records for the largest Thursday gross for a horror movie, R-rated release, September release, and for a film based on a Stephen King book. read more

‘Annabelle: Creation’ Scares up a Number One Debut at the Box Office

The summer of 2017 has been full of big budget disappointments and smaller films that were not able to capture moviegoer’s interests (and more importantly, ticket purchases).

And when it come to horror films, unlike 2016’s bumper crop of summer hits such as Lights Out, The Conjuring Two, and Don’t Breathe, no genre picture was able to get horror fans into the theater…until now.

Annabelle: Creation easily won the weekend box office with an estimated $36 million dollar take and is poised for a profitable run at the box office, with no worthy competition until the release of Stephen King’s It on September 8th. read more

‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ Release Date Pushed Back By a Month to March 2018

According to deadline, the sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s kajiu vs. robot smash fest Pacific Rim, Pacific Rim Uprising, is moving into a crowded March 2018 schedule, but away from a potential box office heavy weight, on Friday March 23rd.

Although the sequel (directed by Steven S. DeKnight who will be making his silver screen debut after a number of television writing and directing jobs) moves into a crowded March with A Wrinkle in Time (March 9th), Tomb Raider (March 16th), Robin Hood (March 23rd), and Ready Player One (March 30th), it does move far away from Black Panther which debuts on February 16th and all current signs point to a long reign for King T’Challa at the box office. read more

Late Summer Horror Release ‘Polaroid’ moved from August to December

Deadline is reporting that Lars Klevberg’s film Polaroid (which was adapted from a short film he directed) has been moved from August 25th to December 1st.

Although the main reason cited has to do with the animated ballet story Leap! being moved up from a September opening (a film that has already been moved around the calendar a number of times), the move also allows Polaroid to retreat from Annabelle: Creation, which may be the only heavyweight horror contender at the box office this season. read more

Ridley Scott Confirms Over 20 Minutes Cut from Alien: Covenant

In a recent interview with Collider, Ridley Scott revealed that he cut just about 20 minutes from his latest film Alien: Covenant.

Scott cut the 20 minutes based on test screenings and in an effort to bring the film in at just over the two hour mark.  Scott actually appeared happy with the feedback from the test screenings and there were no signs that the director was told to trim the film by his producers (no Blade Runner-style creative showdowns it would seem). Scott asserted that sometimes a director “…thinks you know everything, but you don’t”. read more

Alien: Covenant Wins Weekend Box Office, But May Have a Tough Road Ahead

According to current box office estimates, Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant narrowly beat out another set of “aliens” in the form of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with a weekend gross of $36 million dollars.  Last week’s champ (Guardians) finished with just over $35 million at the weekend box office, ending their two week reign in the top spot.

While the win is a positive for the new Alien film, it did not bring in the estimated $40-$45 million that most tracking agencies predicted.  In fact, the much maligned Prometheus brought in $15 million more than Covenant with a total of $51 million in its first weekend in 2012.  Couple this with a summer packed with a new blockbuster or two every weekend until  mid-August, and Covenant may not last long at your local theater. read more

Summer 2017 Box Office Slump Predicted: Will Horror Films Once Again Save the Day?

Many news outlets are reporting the potential for a decline in ticket sales at the summer box office due to sequel fatigue, competition from streaming services, and an overall lower quality of blockbuster this summer.  While the tales of streaming killing the box office are a bit over-rated (and over-reported), the first major  flop of the summer season, Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur movie (which could only draw $15 million dollars in its opening weekend, carrying a $175 million dollar budget price tag), has some studios “quaking in their boots”.  Will it be up to horror films to once again save the summer? read more

Life Stumbles Out of the Gate, Get Out Continues to Add to Box Office Totals

Although Life received positive reviews and benefited from a recognizable cast, the film had trouble finding any “life” at an incredibly competitive March box office and only returned an estimated $12,600,000 during its opening weekend.

Even though Life earned a 67% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, fans chose other options at the cinema, or stayed home waiting for the next installment in the Aliens series (Alien:Covenant), from which it appears Life borrows heavily from.  Fans gave the film a very low “C+” Cinemascore rating, which is particularly low for a film that scored much better with critics (Life’s score also happens to be one of the lowest of 2017 so far).  With a production budget close to 60 million dollars, the film will have to do markedly better at the foreign box office to turn a profit, no small feat for an R-rated sci-fi/horror film. read more