Didn’t the invitations go out this weekend?
It appears the summer doldrums have hit movie theaters. This weekend was the worst of the summer, according to a report on Deadline, with an estimated $54 million made by all films. But one new horror title–The Invitation–led the pack with a $7-million take from 3,000 theaters in its opening weekend.
The PG-13-rated Invitation–a Dracula-inspired “contemporary horror thriller”–is directed by Jessica M. Thompson from a screenplay by Blair Butler, and stars Nathalie Emmanuel, Thomas Doherty, Hugh Skinner and Sean Pertwee.
The Sony Screen Gems film follows Evie (Emmanuel), who discovers a long-lost cousin she never knew she had. When she’s invited to a lavish wedding, Evie is “seduced by the host and is thrust into a nightmare of survival,” according to the synopsis.
Two other genre films had a (comparatively) strong weekend: Beast placed fourth–earning $5 million in its second weekend, for a total of $20 million so far–and Nope came in eleventh–earning $2.2 million in its sixth weekend, for a total of $118 million so far.
Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest box office results for genre films.