‘Freaky’ Scares Up Top Spot In Weekend Box Office Race

The domestic box office seems to be enjoying a Halloween honeymoon, as two genre films finished at or near the top of the leaderboard this past weekend.

The Blumhouse Productions horror/comedy Freaky won top honors in its opening weekend, raking in a cool $3.7 million for the period–while Come Play continued its strong showing with a fourth-place finish, according to comicbook.com.

Freaky–written and directed by Christopher Landon and starring Vince Vaughn, Kathryn Newton, Katie Finneran, Celeste O’Connor and Alan Ruck–follows 17-year-old Millie Kessler as she struggles with typical high school problems. But when she becomes a target for a serial killer know as the Butcher, these worries take a back seat.

And then things get really “freaky”. The Butcher’s mystical dagger “causes him and Millie to magically switch bodies (and) the frightened teen learns she has just 24 hours to get her identity back before she looks like a middle-aged maniac forever.”

Come Play, in its third week, finished fourth in the box office sprint, earning $1.1 million (for a $3.2-million overall total). The horror flick–written and directed by Jacob Chase–stars Gillian Jacobs, John Gallagher Jr., Azhy Robertson and Winslow Fegley.

In Come Play, “parents fight to save their son when a mysterious creature uses his electronic devices to break into our world,” according to the official synopsis.

Keep reading Horror News Network to see if genre films continue to do well as we head toward the finish line of 2020.


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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