For the second year in a row, Tyler Perry’s Halloween-themed installment in his popular Madea series topped the box office with $21.6 million in ticket sales. The sequel to Boo: A Madea Halloween easily beat out the CGI-heavy disaster movie Geostorm (which is yet another big budget studio flop that no one asked for) taking in only $13.3 million this weekend, even though Boo 2 played in 858 less theaters. With this recipe for review-proof success, don’t be surprised to see Boo 3 next year at this time.
After an underwhelming slate of summer horror films, we enter the season that horror films were made for: fall! The fall line-up is much more robust than recent years and starts with some highly anticipated films and includes a strong month of October releases, right in time for some Halloween scares. Let’s take a look at the upcoming releases and trailers below and please use this as your Horror News Network guide for the jack-o-lantern season.
It (September 9th): This film not only has the chance to perform well at the box office by horror film standards, but if the $60 million dollar debut weekend tracking is correct, it may be a qualified blockbuster by any film standard. The remake of It by director Andy Muschietti (Mama) has a “perfect storm” of buzz and hype behind it. It is set in the 1980’s and features a group of pre-teen protagonists (ala Stranger Things). It features a demonic clown in an era where bizarre clown sightings burn up the internet. It arrives at the box office at the end of one of the worst summers for studio profits in years and will have virtually no similar competition for weeks. If the reviews are positive for It, the film has the chance to dominate the fall box office like no other horror movie has since some of the biggest grossing ones of all time. And if you want to see It on the first weekend of release, our advice is to get your advance tickets now. read more
There’s a new dark thriller coming out called The Snowman. Before you run away from this article, let me assure you that it is not a sequel to Jack Frost! This one is based upon a novel by Jo Nesbø and directed by Tomas Alfredson (director of the modern classic, Let the Right One In). It has some excellent actors in it too, including Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, J.K. Simmons, and Val Kilmer.
Here is Universal’s official synopsis for the film:
“When an elite crime squad’s lead detective (Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit (Ferguson), the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.” read more