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Can ‘Scream’ Upend Spider-Man’s Box Office Run?

Paramount Pictures is set to release its first theatrical title of 2022: A relaunch of director Wes Craven’s successful mid-’90s Scream slasher franchise, which co-starred Courteney Cox, Neve Campbell and David Arquette, among others, over four movies — the last in 2011.

In the fifth installment, with the return of the aforementioned cast and new co-directors (Craven died in 2015), a new killer has reportedly donned the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to resurrect secrets from the town’s deadly past. The movie has a positive 76% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Paramount is reportedly projecting around a $20 million opening weekend box office (it generated $3.5 million in Thursday night screenings), which could be enough to unseat Sony Pictures’ enduring juggernaut Spider-Man: No Way Home from atop the theatrical podium through Jan. 16. The title, which topped the 2021 box office despite debuting on Dec. 15, is projected to generate around $19 million in ticket sales.

To date, No Way Home has generated more than $675 million at the North American box office, and more than $1.5 billion globally. As the movie’s theatrical run winds down, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the title into retail channels. Amazon is currently taking packaged-media pre-orders for the title with no release date yet announced.

The lone other box office podium spot is likely to be filled by Universal Pictures’ animated musical sequel Sing 2, with an estimated $8.5 million in ticket sales. The title has generated more than $110 million domestically; $192.6 million worldwide.

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