This past weekend, two horror films dominated America’s movie theaters–primarily drive-ins–with both The Wretched and Becky attracting hordes of moviegoers and filling movie coffers.
The Wretched, from IFC Films, enjoyed a sizzling May, but Becky, from Quiver Distribution, gave it some stiff competition starting this month, according to Variety.
For the first weekend in June, The Wretched (check out the review from our Sean McLaughlin) pulled in $162,000, to boost its year-to-date total to more than $1 million. Not too shabby for a small indie film viewed mainly on drive-in screens.
The movie–which played on 95 screens this weekend (most of them drive-ins)–is also available on VOD. The film follows a young boy who discovers an evil witch in the nearby woods and must stop it from harming his neighbors.
Becky, on the other hand, outperformed its horror rival last weekend, taking in more than $178,000 in its debut at 42 drive-in locations. The thriller also is available through digital rental and VOD.
This strong initial showing made Becky the No. 1 drive-in draw so far this season, edging out The Wretched (read our Larry Dwyer’s review of Becky).
If you haven’t caught it yet, Becky tells the horrific story of a young girl (Lulu Wilson) who is forced to defend her home from a group of escaped convicts (led by Kevin James).
Keep reading Horror News Network for more updates on the strong theatrical showings of each of these surprising films.