Universal/Blumhouse scored another hit with the big-screen adaptation of Five Nights at Freddy’s, which scored $78 million in its debut, crushing even the most outlandish forecasts by a healthy margin, per Deadline. What’s more impressive is that Five Nights also debuted on Peacock, which typically results in lower-than-expected results. Not here. One could argue the opening might’ve been over $100M without Peacock, but this is still a massive win.
Worldwide, the horror feature scored a massive $130.6M, making it the biggest horror bow globally this year, ahead of The Nun II’s $88.1M. It’s also Blumhouse’s biggest opening, topping Halloween’s $91.8M in 2018. Regarding video game adaptations, FNaF comes in behind Super Mario Bros. ($146.3M) and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 ($72M).
Taylor Swift dropped to second this weekend, scoring another $14.7M to raise Eras Tour’s domestic total to $149.3M. Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon tumbled -60% in Week 2, grossing just $9M. The $200M production has accrued just $40.6M domestically and $88M worldwide. Yikes!
We now head into November, which features a few high-profile releases, namely The Marvels, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, Trolls Band Together, Napoleon, and Disney’s Wish. Will any of them top Five Nights at Freddy’s colossal debut?
BOX OFFICE TOP 10
1.) Five Nights at Freddy’s (Uni) 3,675 theaters, Fri $39.4M, $24.25M Sun $14M 3-day $78M/Wk 1
2.) Taylor Swift: Eras Tour (AMC) 3,773 (-82) theaters, Fri $4.8M (-53%), Sat $5.8M Sun $4.1M 3-day $14.7M (-56%)/Total $149.3M/ Wk 3
3.) Killers of the Flower Moon (Apple/Par) 3,632 (+4) theaters Fri $2.67M (-72%), Sat $3.7M Sun $2.6M 3-day $9M (-60%)/Total $40.6M/Wk 2
4.) After Death (Angel) 2,605 theaters Fri $2.1M, Sat $1.58M Sun $1.27M 3-day $5.06M/Wk 1
5.) Exorcist: The Believer (Uni) 2,717 (-606) theaters Fri $1M (-40%) Sat $1.3M Sun $750K 3-day $3.1M (-46%) Total $59.3M/Wk 4
6.) Paw Patrol 2 (Par) 2,746 (-618) theaters, Fri $540K (-52%) Sat $970K Sun $640K 3-day $2.15M (-51%) Total $59.2M/Wk 5
7.) Freelance (Relativity) 2,057 theaters, Fri $880K,Sat $705K Sun $475K 3-day$2.06M/Wk 1
8.) Nightmare Before Christmas (re) (Dis) 2,185 (+535) theaters, Fri $583K (-60%) Sat $821K Sun $596K 3-day $2M (-52%)/Total lifetime $85.8M /Wk 2 of re-release
Saw X (LG) 2,141 (-615) theaters, Fri $537K Sat $705K Sun $443K 3-day $1.68M(-53%) Total $50.2M/Wk 5
10.) The Creator (New Reg/20th) 1,685 theaters (-805), Fri $300K (-60%) Sat $431K Sun $269K 3-day $1M (-63%), Total $38.8M/Wk 5