Trio Of Horror Films Dominated The Box Office Last Weekend

by Thomas Tuna

Once again during this new reality that is 2020, it was a “horrifying” time at the nation’s box offices last weekend.

Moviegoers–mainly patronizing their local drive-ins in deference to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic–made three horror entries from IFC Films big winners from July 24-26, as reported by Forbes.

The Rental–Dave Franco’s directorial debut–easily won the weekend with more than $420,000 in box office receipts for the three-day period. The film–co-written by Franco and Joe Swanberg–showed in 251 theaters in total.

The movie–starring Dan Stevens, Alison Brie, Sheila Vand, Jeremy Allen White and Toby Huss–follows two couples who rent a vacation house only to discover their host may be spying on them. In time, well-kept secrets among the couples are exposed and the friends soon see each other in a different light.

Relic–from first-time director Natalie Erika James–came in a distant third for the weekend, but still pulled in $64,000 for the period, raising its four-week total to nearly $1 million.

Relic–starring Emily Mortimer, Robyn Nevin and Bella Heathcote–tells the story of an elderly matriarch who goes missing, with her daughter and granddaughter traveling to a remote family house to find her. But they soon discover a sinister presence haunting the house and in possession of the matriarch.

Still hanging in there after 13 weeks was The Wretched, raking in $20,500 for the weekend, boosting the film’s year-to-date total to a cool $1.8 million. The film–from the writer/director team of Brett and Drew Pierce–stars John-Paul Howard, Piper Curda, Zarah Mahler and Kevin Bigley. The Wretched follows a defiant teenage boy who faces off with an evil witch who is posing as a next-door neighbor.

Keep reading Horror News Network for updates on how your favorite horror movies do at the box office this summer.


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