Warner’s ‘Wonka’ Looks to Hold Off ‘Night Swim’ Through First 2024 Box Office Weekend

Warner Bros. Pictures’ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory prequel Wonka, starring Timothée Chalamet as the eccentric chocolatier, looks to remain atop the North American box office through the first weekend of 2024.

The movie is projected to generate $15.2 million in ticket sales, down 32% from the previous New Year’s Eve weekend tally, but enough to hold off Night Swim, the latest horror movie from the Universal Pictures/Blumhouse partnership — projected to generate $12.1 million in revenue, according to new estimates from Box Office Pro.

The rest of the field includes animated returnee Migration (Universal/Illumination) with a projected$11.3 million in ticket sales; Warner’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom ($10.7 million), and The Color Purple musical ($9 million), among others.

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‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ Headed to Digital Nov. 28, Disc Dec. 12

Blumhouse’s Five Nights at Freddy’s, a horror film based on the video game series created by Scott Cawthon, will be available on digital Nov. 28 and on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Dec. 12 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film, which has earned $272 million at the global box office, streamed simultaneously on Peacock.

In the film, recently fired and desperate for work so that he can keep custody of his little sister, Mike (Josh Hutcherson, “The Hunger Games” franchise) agrees to take a position as a night security guard at an abandoned theme restaurant: Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria. But Mike soon discovers that nothing at Freddy’s is what it seems. Mike’s nights at Freddy’s will lead him into unexplainable encounters with the supernatural and drag him into the black heart of an unspeakable nightmare.

The film also stars Matthew Lillard (Scream, Scooby-Doo), Elizabeth Lail (“You,” “Once Upon a Time”), Kat Conner Sterling (A Week Away, “The Gifted”), Piper Rubio (“Unstable”) and Mary Stuart Masterson (Fried Green Tomatoes, Benny & Joon).

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Bonus content includes a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the animatronics and recreating the immersive world of the game.

Universal’s Horror Flick ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ Wins Second Weekend Box Office Despite 76% Revenue Drop

Universal Pictures’ video game-themed horror movie Five Nights at Freddy’s remained atop the weekend box office for a second week, generating $19.4 million in ticket sales — a steep 76% drop in revenue from the film’s previous weekend’s debut.

Another theatrical collaboration between Universal and Blumhouse, the reported $20 million budget movie has generated $113 million across North American screens, and almost $175 million worldwide. The movie has already surpassed Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Nun II ($85 million), Universal’s M3GAN ($95 million) and Paramount Pictures’ Scream VI ($108 million) in ticket sales.

In addition, the tally is impressive considering Freddy’s is concurrently streaming for free on the Peacock platform. While the streaming platform ranks far behind other SVOD rivals in subscribers, day-and-date access is helping Peacock (slowly) gain more subscribers.

Taking No. 2 across theaters for the second weekend is the Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour concert movie, which saw another $13.7 million in revenue across its fourth weekend of release. The movie has topped $166 million as the biggest-grossing concert theatrical release in North America.

Rounding out the podium, is Paramount/Apple Studios’ Killers of the Flower Moon, which saw the Martin Scorsese-directed and Leonardo DiCaprio/Robert De Niro starrer sell another $7 million in tickets, upping its global haul around $100 million.

A24’s Priscilla Presley biopic Priscilla ranked No. 4 with $5 million in revenue and a strong debut for the Sofia Coppola-directed movie. Universal/Blumhouse horror reboot The Exorcist: Believer sold another $2 million in tickets to up its global tally to $123 million ($63 million in North America) after five weekends.

Pantelion’s Radical, a Spanish-language Mexican film about a school teacher in a neglected border town, generated $2.7 million in revenue in its theatrical debut.

Meg Ryan’s directorial debut, Bleecker Street’s romantic comedy What Happens Later, co-starring David Duchovny, realized about $1.56 million in revenue in its debut.

Universal’s ‘Five Nights At Freddy’s’ Crushes Halloween Weekend Box Office Debut While Also Streaming on Peacock

Universal Studios/Blumhouse’s video-game themed horror movie Five Nights at Freddy’s upended expectations, generating $78 million in projected opening weekend tickets sales ($130.6 worldwide) through Oct. 29. It’s the highest theatrical opening for a Blumhouse movie, and the highest for a film concurrently streaming on a streaming video service.

Freddy’s is the highest grossing horror release in 2023, ahead of Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Nun II at $32.6 million, and Paramount Pictures’ Scream VI with $44.4 million.

NBCUniversal has not shied away from releasing select theatrical titles concurrent with their availability on the Peacock platform, which ended the most recent fiscal period with 28 million paid subscribers. In fact, the media giant suggests Peacock’s continued subscriber growth is due in part to early access to theatrical movies.

Previous Universal theatrical titles simultaneously launched on Peacock include 2022’s Halloween Ends ($40.2 million), Marry Me ($7.9 million), Firestarter ($3.8 million), and 2021’s The Boss Baby 2: Family Business ($16 million), among others.

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The box office record for a concurrent theatrical/streaming release is Disney/Marvel Studios’ Black Widow, which generated $80.3 million ($159 worldwide) in 2021 while simultaneously generating $60 million in PVOD revenue. That strategy resulted in lead star Scarlett Johansson filing a breach of contract lawsuit against Disney, alleging the last-minute PVOD release (unknown to Johansson) denied her a larger return on the box office. The suit was settled out of court.

Separately, Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures’ Saw X  continues to scare up business in theaters taking in an estimated $1.685 million this weekend. If that estimate holds, it will bring the 10th release in the Saw franchise total past $50.2 million, and more than $92 million worldwide.

Columbia Pictures’ The Equalizer 3 upped its global box office to $185.5 million with $93.5 million coming from international markets. The film added $1.3 million over the Halloween weekend across 2,000+ screens in 46 total markets.

Paramount’s Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie surpassed $100 million in total international box office revenue, bringing the worldwide total to $166.4 million year-to-date.

Killers of the Flower Moon, from Apple Original Films and Paramount, and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese, has grossed an estimated $88 million globally by the end of its second weekend ($40.6 million domestic and $47.4 million international), including $9 million in ticket sales through Oct. 29.

‘The Exorcist: Believer’ Available for Premium Digital Rental and Sale Oct. 24

The Blumhouse and Morgan Creek horror film The Exorcist: Believer will be available for premium digital purchase and rental Oct. 24 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film is a new chapter in the saga, following on the original 1973 film The Exorcist.

In the film, since his wife’s death, Victor (Leslie Odom Jr., Hamilton, One Night in Miami) has raised his daughter Angela (Lidya Jewett, Hidden Figures, Good Girls) alone. After Angela and her friend (Olivia O’Neill) return from a three-day disappearance with missing memories, they begin displaying frightening behavior. Victor’s best hope is to find the only person who has seen anything like this before: Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn, The Exorcist), whose haunting experience with her daughter Regan may be the key to combating ultimate evil.

From director David Gordon Green (Halloween, Prince Avalanche), The Exorcist: Believer also stars Ann Dowd (Hereditary, Compliance), Jennifer Nettles (Harriet) and Norbert Leo Butz (Dan in Real Life, Give or Take).

Universal/Blumhouse’s ‘The Exorcist: Believer’ Tops Weekend Box Office With $27.2 Million North American Debut

Universal Pictures and Blumhouse’s reboot The Exorcist: Believer topped the North American box office this weekend with $27.2 million in projected revenue through Oct. 8. The movie, which takes place 50 years after the 1973 original The Exorcist, added another $17.8 million in foreign ticket sales to finish with $45.1 million worldwide — a good start based on the movie’s reported $30 million production budget.

The movie’s release date was pushed up a week in order not to compete directly with the Oct. 13 debut of the Taylor Swift/ The Eras Concert Tour movie, which has already sold $100 million in advance ticket sales globally.

Meanwhile, Paramount Pictures’ Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie finished No. 2 in its sophomore weekend, adding $11.7 million in revenue to bring its 10-day North American total past $38.8 million and $70 million globally.

Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures’ Saw X took in an estimated $8.15 million in revenue to round out the podium — a strong hold for a horror genre film in its second weekend of release. After its first 10 days of release, Saw X has taken in an estimated $32.5 million.

Produced for approximately $13 million, the title is expected to generate a significant profit for the studio. Saw X boasts the best reviews in the history of the franchise, currently 82% on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 90% Audience Score.

Walt Disney Studios’ sci-fi thriller The Creator, about a real-life battle between humans and AI, sold another $6.1 million in tickets in its second weekend of release. The movie, starring John David Washington (Tenet) has generated almost $62 million in worldwide ticket sales.

Columbia Pictures and Black Bear Pictures’ comedy drama Dumb Money added a projected $2.15 million for the weekend, bringing its total gross to $10.635 million through Sunday. The studios’ The Equalizer 3 added $1.835 million for the weekend, bringing its total domestic gross to $88.837 million through Sunday.

Pre-Taylor Swift Debut, Universal’s ‘The Exorcist: Believer’ Set to Top Oct. 8 Weekend Box Office

Universal Pictures/Blumhouse’s latest horror reboot, The Exorcist: Believer, is projected to top the weekend box office with $26.9 million in ticket sales through Oct. 8, according to new data from Box Office Pro. The movie, which features an appearance by original The Exorcist star Linda Blair, generated $2.85 million in sneak Thursday previews.

The horror film should supplant last weekend’s box office champ, Paramount Pictures’ Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie ($14.1 million), which should again remain slightly ahead of Lionsgate’s Saw X at $8 million.

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The rest of the theatrical lineup for the weekend includes 20th Century Studios’ The Creator (projected $7.4 million) and A Haunting in Venice ($2.2 million), in addition to Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Nun II ($2.8 million), and Sony Pictures/Columbia Pictures’ Dumb Money ($2.1 million), and The Equalizer 3 ($1.8 million).

All of the above will largely be non-factors next weekend when AMC Theatres and other exhibitors roll out the red carpet for the Taylor Swift/ The Eras concert film across more than 8,500 screens worldwide on Oct. 13. The movie has already pre-sold more than $100 million in tickets globally.

‘M3GAN’ Becomes Latest Theatrical Hit to Earn Early PVOD Release

Universal Pictures’ surprise box office hit M3GAN is now available for rent or purchase across myriad digital platforms at $19.99 and $24.99, respectively.

The move is consistent with NBCUniversal’s strategy to push theatrical releases into retail channels as early as 17 days.

M3GAN, about a life-like artificial intelligence doll given to a young niece (Violet McGraw) by her robotics engineer aunt (Allison Williams) after the girl’s parents are killed in an automobile accident, generated more than $30 million in North American ticket sales in its Jan. 6-8 theatrical debut. The movie has earned $125.4 million in global revenue (on a $13 million production budget) through Jan. 22.

M3GAN, which remains in theaters, has become a comedy bit on “Saturday Night Live” and reportedly inspired social media buzz with the rival movie doll rival of the “Chucky” franchise. Drew Barrymore, on her “Drew Barrymore Show,” also dressed up as M3GAN for a parody skit, which inspired a rash of social media mentions.

M3GAN been greenlighted for a sequel debuting in 2025.

Williams (Get Out) co-hosted the 95th Academy Awards nominations webcast Jan. 24.

Universal’s ‘M3GAN’ Thriller Debut Doesn’t Disappoint; ‘Avatar 2’ Reaches $1.7 Billion Global Box Office

Don’t underestimate life-like dolls named M3GAN. That’s the lesson imparted on moviegoers as the eponymous Universal Pictures/Blumhouse Productions horror film generated an estimated $30 million in ticket sales ($45 million globally) to stay near ongoing theatrical champ Avatar: The Way of Water, which generated another $45 million in revenue from ticket sales through the Jan. 8 weekend.

Director James Cameron’s follow-up to his 2009 Avatar has now sold about $1.7 billion worth of tickets worldwide to reach No. 7 in all-time revenue.

M3GAN is the brainchild of a well-meaning robotics engineering aunt (Get Out!‘s Allison Williams), who creates the doll as a companion/chaperone to her niece following the death of the young girl’s parents. M3GAN, of course, takes the role of bodyguard to the extreme.

The movie benefited from strong word-of-mouth, social media reviews (94% Rotten Tomatoes score) and marketing that included a team of M3GAN dancers performing halftime at a Los Angeles Rams/Los Angeles Chargers football game in December to a Taylor Swift song. The result: A strong Jan. 5 sneak preview revenue exceeding $2.7 million.

M3GAN had an incredible debut this weekend and rightly so, certainly not surprising that a collaboration between Blumhouse and James Wan’s Atomic Monster would produce such a fun, creepy, thrilling story,” Jim Orr, president of domestic theatrical distribution at Universal Pictures, said in a media statement.

Universal/DreamWorks Animation’s Puss in Boots: The Last Wish rounded out the weekend box office podium with $13.1 million, to up its global tally near $200 million.

‘Halloween Ends’ Tops North American Weekend Box Office Despite Concurrent Release on Peacock Streaming

Universal Pictures/Blumhouse’s Halloween Ends, the third movie in the rebooted franchise starring Jamie Lee Curtis as eternal Laurie Strode (now an avenging grandma) fighting sociopath killer Michael Myers, easily topped the North American weekend box office with an estimated $41.2 million in revenue through Oct. 16.

That’s well below industry estimates that pegged Curtis’ reported final “Halloween” movie appearance generating upwards of $49 million. The movie sold another $17.1 million worth of tickets across 77 foreign markets, for $58.4 million gross worldwide.

Notably, selling more than $41 million worth of tickets for a movie that is available for free on the Peacock streaming platform is impressive. At the same time, last year’s Halloween Kills also was also released concurrently on Peacock.

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The NBCUniversal hybrid SVOD/AVOD platform ended the most recent fiscal period with 15 million paid subscribers. It is also available for free to more than 17 million Xfinity pay-TV subscribers.

Meanwhile, Paramount Pictures’ sleeper horror hit Smile continues to impress. The move collected an estimated $12.5 million in ticket sales to move past $71 million in North American revenue. The movie had already topped $100 million globally entering the weekend.

Rounding out the podium was Sony Pictures’ live-animated family film Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, which generated $7.4 million in revenue to up its global tally to $22.7 million after two weekends.

Finally, Columbia TriStar Pictures’ period actioner The Woman King, starring Oscar winner Viola Davis, sold another $3.7 million in tickets to elevate its North American haul near $60 million after five weekends.