‘Monster Hunter’ Just Barely Tops Weekend Box Office

As we approach the final weekends of this coronavirus-plagued 2020, Hollywood continues to suffer–with relatively few theaters open and moviegoers still hesitant to venture out–but a horror film, once again, made a nice splash at the box office.

It was a close call, but Sony Pictures’ Monster Hunter came in No. 1 domestically with $2.2 million (from 1,700 theaters) in its opening weekend, according to Deadline, a significant drop off from the $4 million-plus industry analysts had expected.

That box office number edged out the $2 million earned by Universal’s DreamWork Animation sequel Croods: A New Age, showing in 1,900 theaters in its fourth weekend. Coming in third over the weekend of Dec. 18-20 was the thriller Fatale–starring Hilary Swank and Michael Ealy–which grossed $925,000 from 1,100 locations in its first week.

The other genre film to crack the Top 10 was the horror/comedy Freaky–starring Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton–which finished ninth, earning $165,000 in its sixth week. Freaky has now earned a total of $8.5 million.

Monster Hunter–written, directed and produced by Paul W.S. Anderson–stars Milla Jovovich, Tony Jaa, Ron Perlman, Tip Harris, Meagan Good and Diego Boneta. The film–based on the popular Capcom video game franchise–follows an elite military force as it falls through a portal into a world filled with huge monsters.

Anderson’s horror pedigree includes such video game-to-film hits as Mortal Kombat (1995) and the Resident Evil series (2002-2016).

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest box office numbers on your favorite horror movies.

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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