Inside Los Angeles According to Exhibitor Relations, the new psychological horror film “Smile” has Paramount executives smiling after topping the North American box office with an estimated $22 million in weekend ticket sales.
The film tells the terrifying tale of a therapist (Sosie Bacon, daughter of actors Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick) whose grip on reality begins to weaken after witnessing a tragic and awful tragedy involving a patient.
This is a wonderful start to a new horror series, according to Franchise Entertainment Research analyst David A. Gross. He noted that these horror films often have little budgets but committed audiences, which studios value.
In fact, “Don’t Worry Darling,” a psychological horror film from Warner Bros., finished in second with $7.3 million from Friday through Sunday.
The film, directed by Olivia Wilde and starring Florence Pugh, Chris Pine, and music singer Harry Styles, was the weekend’s top selection.
Sony’s historical-themed “The Woman King” landed in third place with $7 million, slipping one rank. Oscar winner Viola Davis portrays the captain of an all-female army of African warriors.
“Bros,” a recent Universal release, landed in fourth place with $4.8 million. The film’s reviews, a rare romantic comedy from a major Hollywood studio, were “outstanding” because of its “knowing and contemporary” humor, according to Gross. Billy Eichner, the film’s co-writer and star.
The re-release of the 2009 box office smash “Avatar” from 20th Century Fox landed in fifth place with $4.7 million. The studio is hoping that the first picture will spark interest in the high-budget ($250 million) sequel “Avatar: The Way of Water,” which will be released in December.
These people completed the top ten:
“Ponniyin Selvan: Part One” ($4.1 million)
“Barbarian” ($2.8 million)
“Bullet Train” ($1.4 million)
1.3 million dollars “DC Super-Pet League”
“Top Gun: Maverick” ($1.2 million). (AFP)