It’s official: Horror fans love to scream.
And proof of that is the strong box office reaction to the latest Scream during yesterday’s previews. The fifth entry in the classic film series earned a very healthy $3.5 million in theaters across the country, according to a report in Variety.
The new Scream–which officially premiered today–is reportedly on pace for a $30-million weekend opening (perhaps buoyed by the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday). Generally strong early reviews–be sure to check out the Horror News Network take on the film–no doubt have helped the cause.
By way of comparison, Scream stacks up well against last year’s big horror debuts. Both Halloween Kills and A Quiet Place Part II grossed just shy of $5 million during their previews, and each went on to earn close to $50 for their opening weekends.
Scream–directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick–picks up 25 years after those first Woodsboro murders, but now, a new killer wears the Ghostface mask and targets a group of teenagers “to resurrect secrets from the town’s deadly past.”
The original 1996 Scream–from director Wes Craven and screenwriter Kevin Williamson–follows high school student Sidney Prescott as she is stalked by the terrifying Ghostface. That film grossed $173 million on a budget of $15 million.
Keep reading Horror News Network for an update on the weekend results for this newest Scream.