Sunday, October 8, 2023

Weekend Box-Office: THE EXORCIST Reboot Scares Its Way to The Top With $27M Debut

Weekend Box Office The Exorcist Believer

It's debatable if David Gordon Green's "The Exorcist: Believer" is the big hit Blumhouse and Universal were expecting, but it did dominate the box-office this weekend. It was also the only new wide release this weekend. Next week, Taylor Swift's Eras Tour concert film opens in theaters.

Read more about the weekend box-office after the jump.

"The Exorcist: Believer" opened with $27.2 million from 3,663 theaters, which is the highest grossing debut in the franchise. However, if ticket prices were adjusted for inflation, "Exorcist: The Beginning", which opened with $18 million in 2004, would actually come out on top. Overseas the film added another $17.8 million for a global total of $45 million.

While the film only cost $30 million to produce, Universal spent a colossal $400 million to buy the rights to the property in 2021. The plan was to produce a trilogy. David Gordon Green's 2018 "Halloween" reboot opened with $76.2 million, so it's safe to assume that the studio expected a similar performance from "The Exorcist: Beliver" reboot. It also doesn't help that "Believer" received a very negative reception from both critics (23% on Rotten Tomatoes) and moviegoers ("C" CinemaScore).

Last week's No. 1 movie, "Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie" finished in second place with $11.7 million. The movie fell 48% in its sophomore frame, and earned $38.8 million after 10 days. Overseas it raked in $48.2 million. The worldwide tally is now at $87 million.

"Saw X" finished its second weekend in third place with $8.1 million, dropping 55%. That's actually one of the softest drops in the franchise, surpassed only by "Saw II" (-47%) and "Saw" (-39%). The film's domestic total has reached $32.5 million, while overseas it adds $11.3 million.

In fourth place we find the sci-fi epic "The Creator", which fell 57% and raked in $6.1 million in its second weekend. The film has now grossed a total of $24.9 million domestically and another $36.9 million overseas, which adds up to $61.8 million worldwide.

The Top 5 is rounded out by the biopic "The Blind" with $3.1 million, dropping just 28%, from its already impressive debut.

In other news, the re-release of Disney's "Hocus Pocus" finished in tenth place with $1.5 million.

Rank Title Weekend Gross Domestic Total Foreign Total Budget
1 The Exorcist: Believer $27.2M $27.2M $17.8M $30M
2 PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie $11.7M $38.8M $48.2M $30M
3 Saw X $8.1M $32.5M $11.3M $13M
4 The Creator $6M $24.9M $36.9M $80M
5 The Blind $3.9M $10.4M N/A N/A
6 A Haunting in Venice $2.7M $35.6M $67M $60M
7 The Nun II $2.5M $81M $167.6M $38M
8 Dumb Money $2.1M $10.6M $1.4M $30M
9 The Equalizer 3 $1.8M $88.8M $78.2M $70M
10 Hocus Pocus (30th Anniversary re-release) $1.5M $1.5M N/A $28M


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