Trio Of Horror Films Dominated The Box Office Last Weekend

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.


Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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