Scream squashed a spider.
The latest entry in the iconic Scream franchise was the domestic box office champ over the long MLK weekend, according to The Hollywood Reporter, taking in an impressive $34 million. Internationally, the film earned another $18 million, bringing its global take to $52 million for the four days.
In so doing, Scream toppled Spider–Man: No Way Home from the throne after four consecutive weekends at the top of the heap.
This box office success continues the trend of horror films performing well at theaters. Last year, six horror movies topped the domestic charts on their opening weekends: Halloween Kills ($49 million), A Quiet Place Part II ($47.5 million), The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It ($24 million), Candyman ($22 million), Old ($16 million) and Spiral: From the Book of Saw ($8 million).
This Scream–the fifth in the series–also had a decent Rotten Tomatoes critic score of 75 percent (be sure to check out the Horror News Network review), the best in the franchise since Scream 2.
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–directed by Wes Craven from a screenplay by Kevin Williamson–follows high school student Sidney Prescott as she is stalked by Ghostface. That film earned $173 million on a budget of $15 million.
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