"Five Nights at Freddy's" movie earns an impressive $78 million opening weekend, marking the second highest-grossing video game adaptation and the top Halloween weekend opener. Fans' dedication pays off.
The latest box office results for the weekend just before Halloween are in, and it appears that the video game adaptation of "Five Nights at Freddy's" is making quite an impact. Tracking suggests that the film is on target with an estimated opening between $50 million and $90 million, with a projected $78 million opening, which is $13 million more than what was observed on Thursday. What's particularly impressive about this figure is that the movie was released in theaters and simultaneously on the Peacock streaming service.
This PG-13 rated horror film has achieved a remarkable feat by becoming the second highest-grossing opening for a video game movie. It's positioned between "The Super Mario Bros. Movie," which opened at $146.3 million, and "Sonic The Hedgehog," which brought in $72 million. Furthermore, this film has also secured the highest-grossing opening ever for a Halloween weekend. Notably, it's the 19th number-one opener for Blumhouse, a production company that typically operates with budgets under $20 million.
So, why has "Five Nights at Freddy's" found such success? According to producer Jason Blum, the key to their achievement is their dedication to the fans. This is evident in the critical reception of the film, which currently holds a 26% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, including a 4/10 rating from our own Tyler Nichols, who admitted to having limited knowledge about the video game franchise before watching the movie. In contrast, audiences have given it a solid 89% audience score.
In other box office news, Taylor Swift has slipped to second place with an estimated weekend earnings of $16.5 million, while "Killers of the Flower Moon" is expected to experience a 50% drop in its audience, resulting in a second-weekend revenue of $10-$11 million. Additionally, the faith-based documentary "After Death" seems to have made a promising debut, earning around $6 million in receipts.
The success of "Five Nights at Freddy's" is certainly noteworthy, and it's clear that the film's strong connection to its fan base has played a significant role in its accomplishments. What are your thoughts on this tremendous success? Feel free to share your opinions in the comments, and remember to check back with us for a comprehensive rundown of this weekend's box office numbers tomorrow.