“Scream” (aka “Scream 5”) has pulled what can be considered nothing short of a miracle this weekend as the R-rated slasher movie has topped the charts with a robust $30.6 million in its domestic debut.
With a projected four-day gross of 35$ million it is expected to outdo “No Way Home”
The original 1996 film was a surprise hit and none of the sequels, and despite becoming an icon in the horror slasher world, none of Scream sequels were ever able to match up with the original’s success.
However the success of “Scream 5” is marks a strong sign for the resurgence of the acclaimed slasher film given the lukewarm reception given to “Scream” 3 and 4 and for movie going, despite the Omicron variant wrecking havoc in the States.
Overseas, Scream grossed $18 million from 50 markets. The U.K. led with $3.4 million. A notable 67 percent of all ticket buyers were between ages 18 and 34.
Scream has received solid reviews so far with audiences giving it a “B+”score and a total 7.3 rating on IMDB.
The film is co-directed by Matt Bettinello-Olpin and Tyler Gillett.
This time, the Scream team sees franchise mainstays, Courteney Cox and Neve Campbell, along with Marley Shelton, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich, Heather Matarazzo and Roger L. Jackson, reprise their roles, while newcomers include Jenna Ortega, Melissa Barrera, Mason Gooding, Dylan Minnette and Jack Quaid.
“Scream 5” is set 25 years after the first film and is a direct sequel to the original 1996 film, as well as the first film not to be directed by Wes Craven who died in 2015. The slasher follows a new Ghostface-masked killer who pursues a group of teenagers trying to learn about the town’s past.