Audiences opted for scares this weekend and powered the latest Exorcist chapter, The Exorcist: Believer, to $27M, per Deadline. The trade notes that Universal Studios purchased the horror franchise from Morgan Creek for $400M in the hopes of making a new trilogy. While this new installment cost just $30M to produce, the numbers, while good, couldn’t match the numbers raked in by David Gordon Green’s 2018 Halloween reboot ($76.2M).
Internationally, The Exorcist collected $17.9M, bringing its global tally to $45.1M.
Last weekend’s headliners, Paw Patrol, Saw X, and The Creator, saw decent holds in their second weekends. Paw Patrol fell 48% and brought in $11.75M to raise its domestic total to $38.8M. Saw X fell 55% for an $8.15M sophomore frame and a $32.5M total, while The Creator dipped 56%, hauled in $6.1M and raised its cume to $24.9M.
Box Office Results: Domestic Top 10
1.) The Exorcist: Believer (Uni/Blumhouse) 3,663 theaters Fri $11.84M, Sat $9M Sun $6.3M , 3-day $27.2M/Wk 1
2.) Paw Patrol: The Might Movie (Par) 4,027 (+38) Friday of $2.88M (-58%), Sat $5M Sun $3.7M 3-day $11.75M, -48%, Total $38.8M/Wk 2
3. Saw X (LG) 3,262 theaters, Fri $2.4M (-70%) Sat $3.2M Sun $2.48M 3-day $8.15M, -55%, Total $32.5M/Wk 2
4.) The Creator (New Reg/20th/Dis) 3,680 theaters, Friday of $1.73M (-69%) Sat $2.6M Sun $1.76M 3-day of $6.1M, -56% Total $24.9M/Wk 2
5.) Blind (Fath) Fri $1M (-23%) Sat $1.2M Sun $909K 3-day $3.12M (-28%), Total $10.48M/Wk 2,
6.) A Haunting in Venice (20th/Dis) 2,425 (-360) theaters Fri $760K (-28%) Sat $1.1M Sun $792K 3-day $2.73M (-25%), Total $35.6M/Wk 4
7.) The Nun 2 (NL) Fri $735K (-46%) Sat $1.1M Sun $725K 3-day of $2.57M (-46%), Total $81.06M/Wk 5.
8.) Dumb Money (Sony) 2,837 theaters, Fri $665K (-49%) Sat $900K Sun $585K 3-day $2.15M (-35%) Total $10.6M/Wk 4
9.) The Equalizer 3 (Sony) 1,526 (-658) theaters, Fri $515K (-33%) Sat $790K Sun $530K 3-day $1.83M (-32%) Total $88.8M/Wk 6
10.) Hocus Pocus 30th Anniversary (Dis) 1,430 theaters, Fri $540K, Sat $570K Sun $432K 3-day $1.54M, Lifetime Total $46.4M/Wk 1 re-release