Box Office Wrap Up: Horror Movies Continue to Lead the Polls.

Box Office Wrap Up: Horror Movies Continue to Lead the Polls.

Burned out from watching the political polls? Check out the box office horse-race instead!

Well…how are you doing this fine Tuesday night!? Let’s try to take your mind off of doomscrolling the polls. Our latest box office figures show Hollywood has settled into a new normal: when new movies come out, the box jumps up a tick and then settles back down into the doldrums as box office draws trickle into theaters.

This Week in Box Office History.

This week saw the domestic box office take in eight and half million in ticket sales. This is a familiar figure – we have been hanging around this mark for the end of September and most of October.

Looking at the data for October, it looks like the domestic totals have been fluctuating between the low eight millions and the mid 12 millions depending on what has just release. Spikes in earnings seem to be on a bit of a time delay, so I’d expect this weekend’s new release, Come Play, will actually take a week to move the needle back up again.

Top Film One Year Ago: Terminator Dark Fate

Top Film Ten Years Ago: Saw the Final Chapter

Top Film 40 Years Ago: The Awakening

Hmm. A Charlton Heston mummy movie? Interesting.

Top Three Films.

The latest horror movie to grab the top spot in 2020 is Come Play. With a modest budget of nine million dollars, it’s opening take of three million dollars is decent if not mind blowing. It’s in line with War with Grandpa and just a bit behind the last wide release, Liam Neeson’s Honest Thief.

Box Office Wrap Up: Horror Movies Continue to Lead the Polls.
No need to hide from those numbers.

Honest Thief slipped into the second spot after two weeks at number one. It took in 1.3 million dollars, leading to a cumulative US take of 9.5 million dollars over its run. No budget figures are available.

The War With Grandpa took the third spot with 1.2 million dollars. It has pulled down 11 million dollars in its month in release, less than half of its projected budget of 24 million dollars.

Other Films.

The bottom of the list is dominated by Halloween re-releases with Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas , and Monster Inc taking the sixth through eighth slots.

The only other new film this week, Spell, opened in ninth place after a smaller release of 369 screens. The film, which sounds like a dark magic inflected take on Stephen King’s Misery, took in 200 thousand dollars.

Imagine if Annie Wilkes knew Voodoo.

Top Ten Films

*In Millions

  1. Come Play (3.1)
  2. Honest Thief (1.3)
  3. The War with Grandpa (1.2)
  4. Tenet (.88)
  5. The Empty Man (.57)
  6. Hocus Pocus (.45)
  7. The Nightmare Before Christmas (.38)
  8. Monsters, Inc. (.23)
  9. Spell (.20)
  10. The Addams Family [1991] (.18)

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