Blumhouse and Universal’s The Exorcist: Believer has made an impressive $2.85 million in Thursday previews at the domestic box office, setting high expectations for its opening weekend. Directed by David Gordon Green, the horror film coincidentally debuted exactly 50 years after the release of the original Exorcist, adding a touch of nostalgia for fans of the franchise.
With the aim to reinvent the Exorcist brand, Green and Blumhouse have taken inspiration from their successful revival of the Halloween franchise. Universal acquired the rights to the Exorcist franchise in 2021 for a jaw-dropping $400 million, indicating their confidence in the potential for future sequels. In fact, two more sequels are already in the works.
Exorcist: Believer is projected to earn between $30 million to $35 million domestically in its opening weekend, demonstrating the enthusiasm surrounding the film. However, the movie’s R-rated content may face some challenges due to its low critics’ score of 20% on Rotten Tomatoes. Negative word of mouth can have a significant impact on a film’s success, potentially affecting its box office earnings.
While the domestic market is crucial, Exorcist: Believer will also be released in over 40 international markets this weekend. The hope is that the film will resonate with horror fans worldwide, contributing to its overall success.
Looking back at the previous Exorcist films, it is evident that they have received mixed reviews, with none of the sequels receiving much acclaim. This adds an element of uncertainty to the potential success of Exorcist: Believer. However, the inclusion of Ellen Burstyn reprising her iconic role as Chris MacNeil for the first time since the 1973 film brings a sense of familiarity and nostalgia, which may appeal to long-time fans.
The plot of Exorcist: Believer revolves around Victor Fielding, portrayed by Leslie Odom Jr., whose daughter and her friend become possessed. The film delves into the terrifying journey of exorcism and the battle against supernatural forces. As audiences eagerly anticipate the movie’s release, it remains to be seen whether Exorcist: Believer will surpass expectations and establish itself as a standout entry in the iconic franchise.
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