Somewhere Wes Craven is smiling.
This year’s Scream–the fifth entry in the horror franchise Craven kickstarted more than a quarter-century ago–passed the $100-million global barrier this weekend, according to a report in Forbes, taking in another $7.4 million domestically in its third weekend.
This weekend’s haul brings Scream to a domestic total of $62 million, and when you add in the $44 million earned overall in overseas markets, the slasher has grossed a cool $106 million globally. That number tops the $98-million total amassed by Scream 4.
The $62-million domestic take also places Scream third among R-rated films in the pandemic era, behind only Halloween Kills ($92 million) and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It ($65 million).
All this success on a budget of just $24 million has, of course, fueled conjecture about yet another installment. Nothing is set in stone at this time, but fans are already screaming.
This Scream–directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick–follows legacy characters and newcomers some 25 years after the first murders rocked Woodsboro. But now, a new killer wears the Ghostface mask and is targeting another group of teenagers.
The original 1996 Scream–directed by Craven and written by Kevin Williamson–follows high school student Sidney Prescott as she is stalked by the murderous Ghostface. That film earned $173 million on a budget of just $15 million.
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