Horror movies usually hit big no matter when you release them, but October can help them do especially well. Almost every year, there’s a particular movie that outpaces all the rest, and for 2023, that distinction goes to the newly released Five Nights at Freddy’s.
Per Variety, the horror flick from Emma Tamini and starring Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Lail, and Matthew Lillard has earned nearly $131 million worldwide at time of writing. $78 million of it came stateside, made more impressive by the fact that it released simultaneously on Peacock. (NBCUniversal hasn’t presently disclosed how it did on the streaming service, which adopted a similar release model for the last two Halloween movies, but it also stands as the studio’s best-performing hybrid film to date.) Having blown past initial projections of $50 million, Freddy’s now has the biggest horror debut of 2023, placing it well ahead of the domestic debuts for Scream 6 ($44.4 million) and The Nun II ($32 million). It’s also the second-biggest domestic opening for a video game movie this year behind the $146.3 million earned by Super Mario Bros. in the standard three-day period.
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