Lackluster reviews and a day-and-date run on the Peacock didn’t stop Five Nights at Freddy’s from having a record-breaking weekend at the box office. The PG-13 horror film, based on the 2014 video game series, opened with more than $130 million, Blumhouse’s biggest worldwide opening, topping the $91.8 million 2018 Halloween film, according to the release. Gained. Deadline.
but this is not the whole story. Five Nights at Freddy’s also surpassed The Nun 2 ($88.1 million) to become the world’s highest-grossing horror film this year. It also now holds the opening crown for best PG-13 horror film (a title previously held by 2001’s The Mummy Returns ) and the second-biggest opening weekend for a video game adaptation.
But the film’s director, Tammy, is instrumental in making the biggest opening for a one-woman horror film. Five Nights at Freddy’s is also his third collaboration with Blumhouse, following Into the Dark: Delivered and Election Day: Lens Across America. Tommy has previously talked about how Five Nights at Freddy’s was inspired by the Joker and Steven Spielberg.
Domestically, Five Nights at Freddy’s opened with around $78 million, easily taking the top spot. Taylor Swift: Eras Tour continued its strong run with $14.7 million, and Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon added another $9 million.
For more on the movie, check out GameSpot’s Five Nights at Freddy’s review. And looking ahead, don’t “expect an R-rated version” of the film.
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