“Scream 5” reversed “Spider-Man: No Way Home”
The weekend numbers started coming in and Cry 5the revival of an old slasher franchise, managed to knock down the impressive performances Spider-Man: No Coming Home.
This article contains minor spoilers for Scream (or Scream 5). Be warned!
Spider-Man: No Coming Home certainly knew its way to the box office. The latest Sony/MCU film broke a number of records and should continue to earn money for the rest of the month. And while I loved to watch SM: NWHI’m happy to see Cry 5 debut at the top of the box office. Considering Cry 5 is a stepping stone to more films in the long-running franchise fans needed such a win.
According to Box Office Mojo, the reboot/sequel ended up collecting $30.6 million in opening weekend. Projections indicate that he should be able to raise around $35 million over the 4-day MLK weekend. Although such a number is tiny compared to SM: NWHyou should note that the last Yell the film broke MLK horror movie opening record by 4 days by Mom ($32.1 million), in non-pandemic times in 2013. So, all things considered, Cry 5 performed quite well and made a new record in the process.
The first one Yelldirected by Wes Craven, was released in 1996. Cry 2 followed in 1997, with Cry 3 and Cry 4 released in 2000 and 2011 respectively. As a fan of the franchise, I was a little worried about what to expect from the latest installment. I was excited about the return of the original cast, but Hollywood doesn’t have an outstanding track record of reviving old franchises.
having watched Cry 5, I have to say, it did the franchise justice. I liked how the old characters were balanced with the new ones. The narrative reminded us of the original film while adapting some horror/slasher tropes for a modern audience. I wish the OG cast had been used more, of course. But there’s always next time, because clearly this franchise can easily go on.
Cry 5 also had queer representation through Mindy (played by queer talent Jasmin Savoy Brown). And while I don’t want to spoil too much, let’s just say that Mindy was immune to a very popular trope when it came to weird characters appearing in horror movies. It was also nice to see that Mindy’s sexuality wasn’t a subtext. As the first openly queer character in the franchise, Mindy was well written.
Achieving second place at the box office was Spider-Man: No Coming Home with a forecast of $26 million for the 4-day weekend. As of this writing, the film has collected $1.625 billion worldwide. It will be very interesting to see if Dr Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is able to meet or exceed these figures.
Universal Sing 2 earned third place with a projection of $11 million. With a worldwide transport of 215 million dollars, Sing 2 is doing very well given that it was also released on PVOD on January 7, 2022.
Sadly, the female-led spy action flick The 355 just couldn’t find an audience at the box office. With a projection of $2.8 million, the film has a current gross of $11 million against a reported production budget of $40-75 million. Maybe it will work well when it comes to streaming?
The R-rated prequel to The king man The series also did not do well in the United States. Expected to make $3 million, the current domestic gross for The king’s man is around $30 million. The worldwide gross is around $92 million. I am fan of The king franchise, but the prequel just wasn’t that.
Even though it got 6th place, the PG-rated anime Beautiful performed impressively on fewer screens and is expected to close the 4-day weekend with $2 million. The worldwide total currently stands at $59.9 million.
From what I can tell, there are no big releases for the rest of the month. So, Cry 5 basically has an open field to earn even more money. Yay! I want one Cry 6!
As for my next trip to the multiplex, I can’t wait to see Halle Berry and Patrick Wilson with moon fall. The sci-fi disaster film directed by Roland Emmerich will debut on February 4, 2022.
Have you watched Cry 5? What did you think?
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Farid holds a double master’s degree in psychology and biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in molecular genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville and The Game Master of Somerville. It gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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