JustWatch: Netflix’s ‘Barbarian,’ HBO Max’s ‘House of the Dragon’ Dominated Streaming Through Oct. 30

Horror movies ruled the week of Halloween as six current and classic genre titles dominated the top 10 movies streamed through Oct. 30, according to new data from JustWatch, which tracks the SVOD streaming habits of 20 million users across 59 markets, including the United States.

Netflix’s new original thriller, Barbarian, topped the list, edging out A24’s Pearl and X, both films directed by Ti West and starring Mia Goth. Also on the podium was the original Terrifier movie, which spawned the current theatrical sleeper hit, Terrifier 2.

Among episodic programming, HBO Max’s “House of the Dragon” beat Netflix’s previous chart topper, “The Watcher,” and new Max series “The White Lotus.”

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Horror Movie ‘Barbarian’ Set for Pre-Halloween Digital Release

Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution has set an Oct. 25 digital home release date for Barbarian, the horror film from 20th Century Studios and New Regency.

The film, from writer-director Zach Cregger and noted horror producer Roy Lee (The Ring, The Grudge, and It), will become available on all major digital platforms. Barbarian was released theatrically Sept. 9 and earned a domestic gross of more than $36.5 million.

The film is about a young woman who, upon arriving in Detroit for a job interview, books a rental home. But when she arrives late at night, she discovers that the house is double booked and a strange man is already staying there. Against her better judgement, she decides to spend the evening, but soon discovers that there’s a lot more to fear than just an unexpected house guest. 

Barbarian stars Georgina Campbell, Bill Skarsgård and Justin Long. 

Bonus features on the digital home release include the featurette “Behind Barbarian,” in which writer-director Cregger and the cast and crew discuss the horror elements that make Barbarian so scary, and four deleted scenes.
 

‘The Woman King’ Exceeds Expectations, Tops Domestic Box Office

(This story was updated Monday, Sept. 19, at 8:30 a.m. PT.)

The historical drama The Woman King, starring Viola Davis, led a trio of smaller new releases to top the domestic box office the weekend ending Sept. 18 with an estimated opening of $19 million.

That’s significantly higher than the $12 million in ticket sales Sony Pictures, which co-financed the $50 million production with eOne, had expected. Other, independent tracking services had higher hopes of at least $15 million.

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Davis portrays General Nanisca, who leads an all-female unit of warriors, known as the Agojie, that protected the African kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s. The film also stars Lashana Lynch and John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), among others.

Helmed by Gina Prince-Blythewood, The Woman King reportedly cost $50 million to produce. The film received an A+ CinemaScore rating and has been highly praised by critics.

The weekend’s other two new films, A24’s horror prequel Pearl and the Disney/Searchlight mystery comedy See How They Run, finished in third and fourth place, with respective weekend box office grosses of $3.12 million and $3.1 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

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See How They Run stars Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, and others. Directed by Tom George and written by Mark Chappell, the film is set in the 1950s and revolves around a Hollywood film director who travels to London to adapt a popular stage play into a movie, only to wind up murdered.

Pearl, a prequel to X, is the origin story of the murderous Pearl. The film was directed by Ti West and co-written by West and Mia Goth, who also portrays the title character. Other cast members include David Corenswet, Tandi Wright, and Matthew Sunderland.

The weekend’s No. 2 movie was holdover Barbarian, from 20th Century Studios/Disney, a horror movie that took in an estimated $6.3 million. Written and directed by Zach Cregger, the film follows a young woman who rents a house that unbeknownst to her has a horrific past — and a deadly present. Barbarian stars Georgina Campbell, Bill Skarsgård, and Justin Long.

Rounding out the top five was Sony Pictures’ Bullet Train, which took in another $2.5 million to brings its total gross, after seven weeks in theaters, to $96.4 million, according to Box Office Mojo. The action comedy stars Brad Pitt as an assassin who has to fight off fellow killers while on a high-speed Japanese train.

20th Century Studios’ ‘Barbarian’ Tops Another Slow Weekend Box Office

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ theatrical horror release Barbarian exceeded expectations, generating a projected $10 million in ticket sales through Sept. 11 to top another sluggish weekend box office. The thriller, starring Georgina Campbell as a young woman who shares an Airbnb with a stranger in a dicey part of town, was expected to generate about $8 million in opening-weekend revenue.

With the weekend’s No. 2 ticket seller, Brahmastra: Part One — Shiva, generating $4.4 million across 810 screens, the North American box office continues to limp along without any major studio releases.

Sony Pictures’ Bullet Train rounded out the weekend podium with an estimated $3.2 million in ticket sales across more than 3,000 screens, pushing the Brad Pitt action-comedy’s North American tally past $92 million and $201 million globally.

Paramount Pictures’ unstoppable Top Gun: Maverick, which topped the weekend box office over Labor Day, generated more than $3 million for the weekend — after 16 weeks on the big screen.  The Tom Cruise action sequel remains near the top of the box office despite also being available in the home across digital retail channels. The movie has topped $705 million in North America and $1.45 billion globally.

Sony’s period horror thriller The Invitation realized an estimated $2.6 million in revenue across more than 3,100 screens, to push its three-week tally past $18 million domestically, and $22 million worldwide.

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20th Century Studios’ ‘Barbarian’ Looking to Unseat ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Atop Weekend Box Office

As the lackluster August box office moves into September without a major studio release, the North American theatrical weekend again looks to be a battle between Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun: Maverick and a smaller new release. This time it’s 20th Century Studios’ horror film Barbarian.

The thriller is about a young woman traveling to Detroit for a job interview who books a rental home. When she arrives late at night, she discovers that the house is double booked, and a strange man is already staying there. Against her better judgement, she decides to spend the evening, but soon discovers that there’s a lot more to fear than just an unexpected house guest.

The movie, which stars Georgina Campbell, Bill Skarsgård, Justin Long, Matthew Patrick Davis, Richard Brake, Kurt Braunohler and Jaymes Butler, is projected to generate about $8 million in ticket sales through Sept. 11. That should be enough to unseat Maverick, which continues to defy theatrical window odds. The Tom Cruise actioner, which led the box office on both Memorial Day and Labor Day, is projected to add another $4 million in revenue to bring its North American tally near $707 million.

That should be enough to hold off the other newcomer, Brahmāstra: Part One — Shiva from India’s Star Studios, which is projected to sell about $3.6 million worth of tickets across 750 screens. The movie hopes to replicate the success of action drama RRR, which saw about $9 million in revenue from 1,200 screens in March.

Other theatrical returnees include Sony Pictures’ Bullet Train (projected $3.3 million), Warner Bros. Pictures’ DC League of Super-Pets ($2.9 million), Universal Pictures’ Beast ($2.3 million), and Sony Pictures’ re-release of Spider-Man: No Way Home with $2.1 million in projected revenue.