Box Office: “Scream” Dethroning “Spider-Man” During Opening Weekend

Do you like horror movies? North American audiences still do, even as most other theatrical releases continue to struggle amid a pandemic. ‘Scream’ is the latest horror film to make a big impression at the domestic box office, with an opening weekend set to finally dethrone ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ after the movie’s four-week reign. Marvel entry in the first place.

Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media’s “Scream,” the fifth installment in the horror franchise and the first in more than a decade, grossed $13.35 million Friday from 3,664 locations. The studio predicts the horror flick should gross $36 million over Martin Luther King Jr.’s four-day holiday weekend, more than enough to land at No. 1 for the weekend. Additionally, the thrifty “requelle” cost just $25 million to produce, a figure the release should easily surpass before the end of the weekend. Not too shabby for a January release unleashed on cinema audiences amid a colossal spike in COVID-19 and its more transmissible omicron variant. “Scream” is proof that audiences will still be heading to theaters during the pandemic, especially for franchise dating cinema targeting a younger audience demographic.

If Paramount’s projections come true, “Scream’s” $36 million would compare favorably to other recent domestic box office hit horror sequels, including the $49.4 million debut for ” Universal’s Halloween Kills” and the $47.5 million opening for Paramount’s “A Quiet.” Place Part II. The opening is also a marked improvement for the “Scream” franchise, as 2011’s “Scream 4” opened to $19.3 million, eventually landing at $38.2 million.

Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett direct “Scream,” picking up the series from its founder Wes Craven, who helmed the first four entries before he died in 2015. The film stars series regulars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette as they are once again haunted by a serial killer in a Ghostface mask. The killing extends to a group of high school students in the town of Woodsboro, California. Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid and Dylan Minnette also star in slasher.

The reboot received fairly positive reviews, with VarietyOwen Gleiberman writes: “Is it fun? Mostly, yes. Surprising? It keeps pretending you know who the killer is, and playing that guessing game is part of the suspense of the movie, but it’s a suspense based on the fact that the movie can stay one step ahead of us from totally arbitrary way. The film holds a 75% critical total on Rotten Tomatoes, while audiences gave it a “B+” CinemaScore rating, indicating overall viewer approval.

Meanwhile, Columbia Pictures’ “Spider-Man: No Way Home” is still going strong, weeks after its supermassive debut. The MCU entry grossed $5.15 million on Friday, heading into second place at the box office with a holiday weekend total of $26.75 million. That puts the Tom Holland vehicle on track to top the $700 million mark before Monday — about as successful as a North American theatrical release can get, for all intents and purposes. After this weekend, ‘No Way Home’ will only trail behind ‘Avatar’ ($760 million), ‘Avengers: Endgame’ ($858 million) and ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ ($936 million). ) in the office’s total national box record book.

Universal’s “Sing 2” will take third place with a favorable drop of 26% for the weekend. The animated sequel is set to gross an additional $11.42 million by Tuesday, bringing its domestic total to $122.5 million. It’s an enviable result for a bustling theatrical release during the pandemic, as family films have struggled at the box office over the past year. Case in point: The first “Sing” landed a domestic total of $270.3 million in 2016.

Fourth place should go to Disney and 20th Century Studios’ long-delayed prequel “The King’s Man.” The action flick has seen strong takes since its holiday debut, with this weekend projecting a 26% drop. However, the prequel got off on the wrong foot by cratering when it opened and is only expected to top $30 million next week.

Universal’s second weekend, “The 355,” crowns the top five. The film is facing a 48% drop since its opening with an expected four-day gross of $2.87 million. With a reported production budget of $40 million, the spy ensemble piece has no hope of recouping that total from North American theaters.

Meanwhile, GKIDS’ release of the animated film “Belle” is making a modest impression in its debut. Director Mamoru Hosoda’s latest is set to gross $1.91 million over the holiday weekend from 1,350 locations — good for seventh place at the domestic box office.

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