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‘Annabelle: Creation’ Passing $300 Million Worldwide!

‘Annabelle: Creation’ Passing $300 Million Worldwide!

I knew all of our attention would turn to IT once it broke box office records, which is why I rushed up an article pointing out that David F. Sandberg‘s Annabelle: Creation is this year’s most profitable horror film, not Universal Pictures’ Get Out. This isn’t to take anything away from Jordan Peele’s masterpiece but should illustrate just how potent the horror genre is right now. It’s absolutely insane, although I wouldn’t say surprising as horror always performs well during tumultuous times. Things are awful right now and we all want an escape, which is where horror thrives. Studios and horror fans are reaping the benefits.

Digressing, Get Out sits at $250 million worldwide on a $4.5M budget. On a $15M budget, Annabelle: Creation is about to topple $300 million worldwide, with it set to surpass $100M domestically and $200M internationally. Incredible.

Between IT and Annabelle: Creations, Warner Bros./New Line Cinema looks to top $1 BILLION  from the horror genre alone by the end of 2017. Holy. Shit.

There are lessons here that I’ve gone over in a previous article. In short, studios needn’t overreact and start pouring money carelessly into horror films, but they do need to start taking our genre seriously and put some weight behind it. Even with mother! underperforming, studios need to take these “safe” risks because one of them could become the next franchise or universe they’re so desperately seeking.



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COMMENTS

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  • Francesco Falciani

    if it was the New Line that used to be back in a day we would already have a new nightmare annuncement.

    • WondrousPoop

      They announced one last year. Scripting it now.

      • Khy

        Nothing has been announced.

        David Leslie Johnson was hired to write a script back in August 2015 for a possible reboot and that was it. There was no announcement or confirmed plans for a new film. Bloody Disgusting did an article the other week about how since then there has been absolutely no movement about another movie and the studio had no current plans for one.

        We don’t even know if David finished the script or if he finished it and WB/New Line are just keeping it for later in case they DO decide to move on with it.

        But as of September 2017, there aren’t any confirmed plans for a new Nightmare film.

        • Francesco Falciani

          Yep i think the same. They won’t move forward with a new nightmare until all this conjuring universe will be over … and it won’t be in the next 4 years

    • Khy

      I think they’re still licking their wounds from the 2010 reboot and are hesitant about doing another. There’s a lot of pressure on them to get it right. I wouldn’t expect them to really move on with another Nightmare until we see how their next few horror films fare over the next few years. So basically, give up your hopes of seeing another Nightmare this decade. Earliest I can see one happening is maybe 2020 or 2021.

  • Well i’m surprised it legged to 100mm domestic! Since it opened a little lower than the first one. Less surprised by the worldwide totals. Anyway good news for WB

    • MODOK

      It benefited from good reviews and good word of mouth, combined with extremely weak competition.

      I’m delighted it’s done so well. More often than not, horror movies are one-week flashes in the pan that plunge shortly thereafter. It’s good to see movies like this and Get Out stay at or near the top of the box-office for so long. I’m guessing It will be joining them soon.

  • Reason

    I thought this movie was beyond boring!

  • Hardcore F’n Mudd

    After the reception for the first film I’m shocked at this news. Happy for it though, a decent little film!
    Reminded me of Ouija Origin of Evil (actress/director/huge step up from the first)

  • Brey Compton Arriaga

    I just hope w’these results they’re resurrecting Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees pretty soon, Michael is on his way already!!! <3

  • Khy

    While this was indeed a very solid film and a huge improvement over the original, I also think most of its success is credited to the fact that it opened at a time where there wasn’t really much else in its way competition wise. August was a horrible month for the moving going industry- once Dark Tower flopped it was just doomsday. Annabelle Creation thrived because it was the only other notable property and they released it just before teens went to school so it played very much like an “end of summer break movie” which was good. Then of course the word of mouth on top of hardly any competition sealed its fate.

    That said I think Creation wouldn’t have performed as well if it had came out earlier in the summer. This is why timing is so very important.

  • joblo

    I loved both movies and, although not as scary as I hoped, really enjoyed IT. However, Annabelle is not the most profitable horror movie of the year. In percent/ROI terms, Get Out is still king due to it’s super low budget. In dollar amount of profit(box office minus budget), IT wins by a lot and will continue to grow. Again, I love all of these movies and am glad they’re making a lot of money, but the math doesn’t support your claim.

  • DJV1985

    Okay did I watch the same film as everyone else because it wasn’t very good (for me) I thought the first was okay but not great I actually became bored for the middle section and almost all the “scare moments” were predictable but maybe one, I actually would’ve preferred if the film would’ve been based on the opening part with the parents losing their kid and then making a pact with the devil to have the spirit in the house which then slowly starts to change into a demon and then a witch doctor or some sort of standard expert comes in and traps the ghost into the doll, that or at least something like that (only better written lol) would’ve been more enjoyable.

    • Aemette

      When it comes down to it, I honestly regret watching Annabelle: Creation. It didn’t add anything to the previous film and I just felt like my time was wasted since nothing new really happened in terms of the doll getting possessed. In the first film, it was the neighbor’s daughter who seemingly possessed the doll but it was a demon nontheless. In the new one, there’s another possession but it tries so hard to try and catch up with the film it follows. What was the point of the first Annabelle movie if we’re going to get a sequel about it? Half way through the film I lost complete interest. The only good thing was that scarecrow. Now that was a good, scary charater. I definetly won’t be seeing the next one.

      • DJV1985

        Yh the scarecrow was pretty much the best part and creepiest. Hey maybe they’ll give him a spin off or something in their horror universe. I’d actually sit down and watch that if it was only loosely connected.

  • Creepshow

    The last sentence also adds to the problem. Studios need to stop standing around with their dicks in their hands, trying to make franchises and universes out of everything. The new thing now is acting like previous movies were never made, and I find it insulting. (Yes, I’m staring right at you Halloween and Terminator)

    • Fred Hopkins

      As long as it continues to make them money this will continue happening. Fresh ideas in Hollywood are getting harder and harder to come by. It would be cool if posters like you who continue bitching about things would spend half of that energy instead coming up with a movie idea of your own and getting it out there. Too much to ask for huh?

      • Creepshow

        I just sold a script about a dingleberry named Fred Hopkins, who covers his windows with trash bags and molests dogs with peanut butter. It’s based on true events.

        • Fred Hopkins

          I better be getting royalties or there will be a lawsuit for them. Try harder.

        • Fred Hopkins

          This is a post from you about the Bloody Disgusting forums policy. “Well, it looks like I’m in the clear. Because I don’t partake in General Shitposting. I only “Funny-Shit” post”. Might want to rethink that.

          • Creepshow

            Hang in there Mr. Peanut. This was supposed to be a surprise, but all the profit from the film is going towards your bail. Show some gratitude.

          • Fred Hopkins

            So you think posting slanderous comments is ok? Hmm, I will have to find out about that.

          • Creepshow

            You just never could get over that I said “You just made that up” on a Get Out article. Like I said before, “Turn the page, Fred”.
            You’ve been a stalker ever since.

          • Fred Hopkins

            This has nothing to do with you or a post you think you were superior over somebody. This has everything to do with people constantly complaining about movies and that’s all they do is complain. You have no idea what it takes to write for a movie, get people hired and put together for a movie, film a movie, and get it out to theaters. If you think you are so superior try it. It just so happens you are one of the constant complainers I chose to comment on.

          • Creepshow

            Nobody cares, Hop. You’re a hypocrite, who obviously doesn’t get jokes. Best of luck staying weird.

          • Fred Hopkins

            You care or you would not continue posting. Sure I get jokes, when there is one. Did you post one?

    • Judge Satchmo

      With movies like Halloween and Friday the 13th, I feel like you have a little more latitude with continuity. I’ve come to view the first movies as the actual event, the ones that follow can be viewed as the visual representation of the myth and legends that spring from that event. “I heard a bunch of people were murdered here 40 years ago….”
      “That’s not the half of it, later that night he came back!”

      But with Terminator and Alien and so forth I completely agree. While I wish the latter movies didn’t exist (and I really, really do) it’s annoying to just ignore them. It’s a lazy studio solution, to a studio created problem.

    • Travis_Bickle

      Those halloween and terminator sequels suck pretty hard though.

      • Creepshow

        They most certainly do.

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