‘The Black Phone’ Rings Up $23M Opening At Domestic Box Office

by Thomas Tuna

Success is just a phone call away.

The Black Phone–the latest horror entry from director Scott Derrickson (Sinister)–dialed up a profitable opening weekend, despite some stiff competition from Elvis and Tom Cruise.

The horror film–helmed by Derrickson, written by C. Robert Cargill and boasting the star power of Ethan Hawke–pulled in a cool $23.4 million domestically and nearly $36 million worldwide over last weekend, according to a report in Forbes.

The Black Phone–from Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures–is based on a 2004 Joe Hill short story and follows 13-year-old Finney Shaw (Mason Thames) as he is abducted by a sadistic killer called The Grabber (Hawke) and trapped in a soundproof basement.

But, when a disconnected black phone on the wall starts to ring, Finney “discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims,” according to the synopsis. “And they are dead-set on making sure what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney.”

The film also stars Madeleine McGraw (Pacific Rim: Uprising), Jeremy Davies (Lost), James Ransone (It Chapter Two) and E. Roger Mitchell (Outer Banks).

With some talk about a possible sequel floating around, keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on the future of The Black Phone.


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