It seems like Universal and Blumhouse’s horror movie Happy Death Day continues the trend of highly-successful horror movies. The feature will not only surpass the $26.5 million in the United States and Canada projections, but it easily overcame last week’s number 1 movie, Blade Runner 2049.
Happy Death Day is starring actress Jessica Rothe as a college student who is doomed to relive the moments of her murder over and over again. This happens until she manages to discover the identity of her killer. Critics offered mixed reviews for it, and it got a B score on CinemaScore, which is very good for a horror movie. Moreover, it only cost about $4.5 million to bring to the big screen and Christopher Landon directed it. Blumhouse and Universal have a very strong year with this movie and two previously very successful ones: Split from M. Night Shyamalan and Get Out, from Jordan Peele.
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It’s very interesting what is happening with horror movies recently, as Happy Death Day is just the latest in a series of extremely successful features. Previously, Annabelle: Creation and IT surpassed everyone’s expectations and proved to be not only successful, but also very good movies.
As for Blade Runner 2049, the ambitious sci-fi project can be considered a failure at the box office, even if it was a huge success with the critics. Its domestic total is of only $60.6 million in ten days. These are very slim numbers, considering that the movie cost over $150 million to make. Its star power, with Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, wasn’t enough to save it. However, the foreign markets might do that.
In third place is The Foreigner, an action flick which pits Jackie Chan against Pierce Brosnan. The reviews for it have been mixed and it has received an A-minus on CinemaScore. The horror flick IT is still at number 4, and The Mountain Between Us, starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, rounds up the top five.
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