Horror Entries Scare Up Strong Numbers On Halloween Weekend

by Thomas Tuna

Dark theaters, Jump scares, Popcorn. Yup, that works.

This weekend was no different from so many others this year–the Year of Horror at the box office–with three genre films in the Top 5 on the domestic chart, according to a report on Deadline.

The newest horror hit–Prey for the Devil from Lionsgate–finished third with a $7-million haul from 3,000 theaters in its opening weekend. The film–directed by Daniel Stamm from a screenplay by Robert Zappia–stars Jacqueline Byers in a tale about the first female exorcist in centuries.

Smile–which continued its strong box office performance into its fifth weekend–earned $5 million from 3,000 theaters, and finished fourth in the domestic standings. The Paramount Pictures entry follows Dr. Rose Cotter (Sosie Bacon) as she suffers through frightening experiences she can’t explain after witnessing a bizarre incident involving a patient.

Rounding out the Top 5 this weekend was Halloween Ends, still hanging in with moviegoers in its third weekend, despite poor reviews and day-and-date streaming on Peacock. The final chapter of the classic film franchise earned nearly $4 million from 3,500 theaters. Halloween Ends witnesses the final battle between Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney).

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest box office results of your favorite horror films.


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