‘Beast’ Roars Back, Enjoys Strong First Weekend

by Thomas Tuna

The lion didn’t sleep this weekend.

Beast–the new horror thriller from Universal Pictures–got off to a slow start late last week–making less than $1 million in its previews–but stormed back to be the second-best domestic earner for the weekend, according to a report on Collider.

The film–with a 77 percent audience rating–raked in $11.6 million domestically for the three-day period, and added another $10.3 overseas for a total of nearly $22 million overall.

In the R-rated Beast–from director Baltasar Kormakur and screenwriter Ryan Engle–Dr. Nate Daniels (Idris Elba), a recent widower, returns to South Africa on a trip with his daughters. They’re headed for a game preserve managed by family friend Martin Battles (Sharlto Copley), but things go horribly wrong.

A journey of healing quickly becomes “a fearsome fight for survival when a lion–a survivor of poachers that now sees all humans as the enemy–begins stalking therm,” according to the synopsis.

Beast–which also stars Iyana Halley, Leah Saya Jeffries and Riley Keough–is produced by Will Packer and James Lopez, with Jaime Primak Sullivan and Bernard Bellew as executive producers.

Keep reading Horror News Network for any further updates on Beast.

 

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