Horror's Recent and Future Box Office Showing
In its second week, per Box Office Mojo, Orphan showed a fairly typical drop-off in attendance of 41.5% (doing marginally better in that department than its same-week competition The Ugly Truth at 52.2% and G-Force at 44.8%), moving down only two slots from No. 4 to No. 6. Its two-week total sits at just over $27 million. The Collector didn't quite crack the Top 10, but it did collect a decent approx. $3.6 million, landing it in 11th place with 1,325 theaters reporting a $2,736 average. By comparison, Orphan opened much wider in 2,750 theaters.
So horror fans are definitely out hitting the multiplexes this summer, which bodes well for A Perfect Getaway on August 7th and District 9 on August 14th, leading up to August 24th when Halloween II and The Final Destination in 3D go head-to-head. And that's just what we have to look forward to this month.
In September our cup runneth over with some real heavy hitters:
Based on what we've seen of them so far, every film mentioned seems to be a worthy contender for your hard-earned cash. And best of all? There are only two sequels and one remake -- the rest are all fairly original ideas, a trend you can't help but get behind. And Saw VI notwithstanding, even more are coming throughout the fall and winter.
One of my favorite t-shirts in Uncle Creepy's closet says, "Keep America Strong -- Watch Horror Movies." It looks like finally we're being given a chance to regain some of that good, old fashioned US of A genre cred we've been lacking in lately.
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