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Scream 4’s Shriek Stifled; Insidious Continues its Evil Doings

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Scream 4's Shriek Stifled; Insidious Continues its Evil DoingsTo say it was an interesting weekend at the box office is a bit of an understatement. Scream 4 made its long awaited debut to mostly quiet theatres while James Wan’s Insidious remained pretty damned strong.

Wes Craven’s 4th entry into the storied franchise proved to be somewhat perplexing. On Friday Scream 4 took in an estimated $8M and Saturday followed with $7M, bringing it to just $19.3M for the weekend gross. That’s less than half of what was expected of it. Of course these numbers could change but not by much. So what’s the reasoning? The flick was solid enough with strong first and third acts (the second left a bit to be desired). Was it inclement weather in the South? Has Ghostface run out of steam? Do audiences just not care? Either way, even if they never make another one, at least Scream 4 capped off the series in a far better way than Scream 3 did.

The big story this weekend, however, continues to be James Wan’s Insidious, which once again remained strong, coming in at seventh place during its now three-week long run. Made for just $1M, the flick took in $2.3M on Friday, $3M on Saturday, bringing it to $6.8M for the weekend and a $35.9M total box office rake in!

Congrats to James Wan and the gang for cranking our a winner for the genre!

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  • Vanvance1

    I think it’s a plus that a non sequel/non remake is garnering more horror dollars. I plan to see Insidious this week and I’ll leave Scream 4 until it’s out on video.

    The original Scream was a great satire. It didn’t need a single sequel let alone 3.

  • Masked Slasher

    Ghostface had a good run, and this was a good sendoff.

    I’m really bummed out that it didn’t do a bit better, but that doesn’t change the fact that I saw it twice this weekend and had a blast both times.

    And I don’t get all the slams against Scream 4 being ‘boring.’

    • Terminal

      Dude it WAS boring. Devin Faraci gave one of the most apt reviews for it around. It’s dull as day old bread. For a movie promising NEW this and NEW that and NEW this, it played it painfully safe and clean.
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      “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

      • Masked Slasher

        Unfortunately, I read everything that Devin has to say about it. I will leave it at that.

        I didn’t think it was a bold reinvention of anything, so I suppose I can see what you’re saying there. But I went in looking to watch a fun slasher movie – and it more than met those expectations.

        Liked some of the setpieces, enjoyed seeing the old school characters again – thought the opening scene was lots of fun and I loved just about everything happening with the climax: from its jabs at remakes to its commentary on modern celebrity.

        Fun stuff from where I sat. I’ll take it over filth like Paranormal Activity 2 and whatever else passes for entertainment with this current audiences.

        • LifeMi

          SCREAM 4 suffers first and foremost from it having been 11 years since SCREAM 3. SCREAM is a relic of the ’90s; more than any other slasher franchise, SCREAM is dated by its overreliance on the technology and pop culture that existed at the time. I don’t think mass audiences were interested in seeing the movie because of that; 20 years from now, SCREAM 4 will come off as dated. It’s the curse of the whole series. Personally, I enjoyed the movie and never found it boring, but it is severely flawed. Thinking a second viewing might be in order to get a better grasp on this movie.

          • Terminal

            Technology moves so fast it’s tough NOT to be dated. Craven’s films age as well as a carton of milk, add the quickly dated tech and you have a formula for failure.

            And Scream 4 WAS boring. It lacked that party atmosphere the first movie had and the suspense the second movie had. When the reveal happened I thought they were leading in to something better but alas, nothing but safety from Craven as always.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • LifeMi

            Terminal, could it just be that you went into the movie wanting to hate it? Ever since SCREAM 4 was announced, you’ve been badmouthing it and saying it was going to suck. Now granted, if it did suck I’d eat crow and cry foul right along with you. What would have made the movie better for you?

          • Terminal

            What is it with Scream fans? “I didn’t like it.” “Oh you went in wanting to not like it! It’s not the movie’s fault!” Can you believe someone called me snooty because I called the movie terribly boring? So wanting a movie to be fun is snooty and pretentious?

            I wrote my review on my site, I won’t argue this movie any further with all due respect.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • LifeMi

            What is your site? I’m curious to go read your full review. By the way, I am not a die-hard Scream fan. I’m just pointing out the fact that you’ve been spewing venom since the film was announced and I’m wondering if that influenced your opinion on the film.

        • Terminal

          PA 2 offered more scares, suspense, and characterization than Scream 4 ever hopes to and could ever hope to. I don’t see why people keep bashing PA when the clearly successful acclaimed and–like it or not–influential series took more guts with storyline than Craven in his continued dive in to his abysmal career depths.

          If PA 2 is filth then keep serving me up the filth. I’ll take filth over Scream 4’s pablum any day of the week. For those scream fans still remaining who defend Scream 4 and use it to bash great stories like PA 2 all I can do is paraphrase Faraci yet again: “Stand righteous in your bad taste.”

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          “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • Masked Slasher

            I’m at a loss to understand where you mined any scares or suspense out of PA 2. There was one good bit: the exploding kitchen.

            Everything else in that sequel was as trite as your issues with Scream 4. And what exactly was so bold about PA 2? That they went back and ruined the first film’s mystery by explaining how the possession/haunting happened? Or that one of the major characters is killed in exactly the same way? Or that you can apparently find the means to transfer a demonic possession via Google? You’re right: great, great stuff there.

          • Foywonder

            I’m at a loss that either of you found anything about PA2 or SCREAM 4 that was scary.

          • Terminal

            I’m at a loss you’re at a loss. PA and PA 2 were genuinely great ghost stories. Scream 4 is turgid boring mess, so I’m with you on Scream 4.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • Masked Slasher

            Hahahaha … I didn’t say it was scary. Just that I enjoyed it.

          • LSD Zombie

            I’m with Fini on this one. PA 1&2 did nothing for me whatsoever. I was far more entertained by Scream 4. I bet you any money though that the lines “Fuck Bruce Willis” and “Wait, I’m gay!” were all contributions from Krueger.

          • Terminal

            My issues with Scream 4 are trite? On what grounds? Have you yet to read my review for it? Nope. So, like most Scream fans, you’re on the defensive with no ammo and making a lot of apologist comments for it. Sorry.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

  • G.D.

    Sorry, but who were the retards who thought Scream 4 was going to make more than FORTY MILLION?!?!?!?

  • EatMeDrinkMe66

    Scream 4 just doesn’t have it anymore its dated and its time to move on, yes it was a great way to say goodbye to one of the most iconic horror villains of the 90’s and the films (except the third one, at least the disk was fun to burn) will be forever cherished in the hearts and minds of Horror fans everywhere. Insidious and Paranormal Activity have seem to taken over the horror scene, all in all Make way for new generation of Horror

  • Terminal

    “Rio” was a very cute unassuming movie. I liked it a lot for what it promised. AS for Scream 4, consider me surprised. I expected it to rape the box office raw. Que seroo seroo.
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    “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

    • EatMeDrinkMe66

      I was just as surprised as you to hear that scream 4 did not top the box office, i guess its time for Ghost Face to retire

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