‘Monster Hunter’ Just Barely Tops Weekend Box Office

by Thomas Tuna

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.

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