‘The Invitation’ Leads Slowest Summer Box Office Weekend

by Thomas Tuna

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.


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