Lionsgate’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark fell a reasonable -52% in its sophomore frame for an estimated $10 million at the weekend box office. The much-hyped film from director André Øvredal and producer Guillermo del Toro brought its domestic cume to $40.2 million, the second best showing of the summer for a horror film (trailing Annabelle Comes Home) so far.
Internationally, the film added another $5.6 million for an overseas total that now sits at $14 million. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will open in more international markets over the next few weeks, further increasing the film’s bottom line, which should be able to bring in over $60 million domestically for a world-wide total somewhere in the vicinity of $100 million.
In less positive news, Entertainment Studios’s 47 Meters Down: Uncaged fell far short of initial estimates in the $15-16 million range with only an estimated $9 million take over its first weekend. The low-budget sequel (to an original micro-budgeted film) couldn’t match the $11.2 million opening for the first film, which went on to deliver a surprising $44.3 million domestically. Uncaged received a C+ CinemaScore from opening night audiences and a 51% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, which doesn’t bode well for the future prospects of the film, which will most likely drop out of the top ten (and theaters) over the next two weeks.
The last horror movie of the summer season, Ready or Not, looks to get a head start on the competition by opening this Wednesday, instead of the traditional Thursday night preview. This move by Fox Searchlight is designed to catch high school and college students before their summer ends, and also to allow Ready or Not to make quick inroads into any further success that Scary Stories or 47 Meters Down may be able to deliver in the early parts of the week.
Check back next week to see how Ready or Not performed, as well as the two other horror hold-outs.