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‘Happy Death Day’ Joins Slasher Giants With $100M+ Worldwide Milestone

The slasher revival begins now, right? RIGHT?!

This year has all around been an INCREDIBLE year for the horror genre, with films such as Split, Get Out and IT making it one of the best (and most profitable) years in the genre’s entire history. And let’s not forget the low-budget slasher Happy Death Day, which pulled in an impressive $26.5 million at the domestic opening weekend box office.

Just about a month later, we’re happy to let you know that Universal and Blumhouse’s Happy Death Day has now surpassed $100 million worldwide, raking in $55.5 million domestically and $44.6 million internationally – and, we must point out, it’s still opening in six other international markets in the coming weeks!

Made on a reported budget of just $4.8 million, the Christopher Landon-directed original slasher flick has officially joined post-boom slashers such as Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Freddy vs. Jason and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) in the prestigious $100 million club.

Could this mean that a full-on slasher revival is on the horizon? Well, with Halloween coming next year, we’ve got a strong feeling that we’re going to be seeing a whole lot of stalking and slashing on the big screen in the coming years.

As history has shown, all it takes is one big hit. And Happy Death Day is that hit.

In Happy Death Day, “Tree Gelbman wakes up again and again on the same day – her birthday – only to be murdered and restart the process until she finds out who killed her.”

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release Happy Death Day on Digital in 4K Ultra HD and standard definition as well as via the digital movie app MOVIES ANYWHERE on January 2, 2018 and on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand January 16, 2018.

 



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  • This has to be a good indicator that R rated slashers will be returning to the big screen, right? Right??? I know in this day in age it would be hard to keep them original but I don’t think theres been a quality slasher film in the cinema since My Bloody Valentine (Youre Next maybe) but this news is exciting! Happy Death Day is one of my new favorite movies of all time, Ive rewatched it twice now!

    • Khy

      I thought Lionsgate dropped the ball by choosing not to continue with MBV. I understand a new CEO came in and they were trying to change their image but a My Bloody Valentine movie every Valentine’s Day would have been a great Saw-esque tradition. “If it’s Valentine’s Day, it must be Harry!” Ok that was corny, lol, but you catch my drift.

      Since Lionsgate has been desperately resurrecting their horror properties as of late I’m sure they would’ve tried another MBV but I think the rights reverted back to Paramount and we all know they won’t be doing a damn thing with Harry Warden until the slasher trend kicks up again and even then it’s a gamble if they would. Lol I hate Paramount.

      Also, for me, Sorority Row was the last quality slasher. I love that movie to death. One of the few modern-day slashers that knows how to be funny and quirky while also being RESPECTFUL of said genre. Great kills too.

      • how could I have forgotten sorority row? One of the greatest slashers of all time if you ask me, Briana Evigan and the girl that played Jess killed their roles! But yeah, fuck paramount. Im thankful for Universal for at least attempting to revive slasher cinema for todays audience, even Unfriended featured a slasher-esque approach which was pleasantly surprising (at least for me)

        • Khy

          And boy has Sorority Row aged well. I think it just ultimately got lost in the shuffle back in 09, there were a ton of slasher reboots and other huge horror properties released that year so Sorority Row didn’t exactly stand out significantly, but I think if released now it would be a different story.
          It is without a doubt every thing a modern slasher should be and I don’t think the team behind it (or the brilliant cast) gets any recognition. I love that movie.

          • Couldn’t agree more! Your taste is always grade A

      • J Jett

        god, i fucking love SORORITY ROW (and MBV…both versions even though i like the original a bit more than the remake…but both are great for slightly different reasons to me).

        • Couldnt agree more, 2 very different movies yet they felt similiar because of the plot. I really like the remake alot more but I think i just need to revisit the original lol

      • Saturn

        I’d be happy if we could get some more movies in the MBV franchise, whether they are sequels to the original or remake, I don’t care – but it would be nice if the sequels did go back to the original movie.

  • Khy

    This would be better news of it was rated R but a win is still a win. At least it was an original slasher property. The Last original slasher we had in theaters was You’re Next and if you are truly talking about “traditional formula” then that would’ve been My Soul To Take way back in 2010.

    I know every one is expecting the fate of the genre to rest with Halloween, but let’s also not forget about The Strangers: Prey At Night. Even though it’s already an established property- it’s been so damn long since the original that I think this “Requel” (Can we make this term a thing already?) Would still be a win for original slasher/slasher-esque theatrical movies. Now this is what I’m rooting for- especially since its distributed and made by two smaller studios. I’ve been wanting a number of our slashers to get away from “big studios” for sooo long.

    • Saying Like It Is

      “At least it was an original slasher property” Yep, also check this out.

      • Khy

        Haha! She is sooo adorable! I love that! I always find it fascinating how composers come up with things!

        • Saying Like It Is

          I find it fascinating as well and Bear is becoming one of my favorite composers. For the sci-fi indie Revolt he recorded sounds of floppy drives mixed with electric violin for the score. Genius!

      • Colin Perkins

        I did really like the ‘baby cry’ that happened every time the killer showed. Much like the iconic Friday the 13th ki, ki, ki, ma, ma, ma. Very nice element.

  • DaddyKo

    I passed based on pg13 rating but I’m looking forward to renting it.

    • Saturn

      Don’t be put off by the low rating, it’s really quite a good little slasher movie.
      There is very little gore in it, but in the context of the movie it’s not really necessary – I’m a massive slasher fan (it’s my favourite sub genre of horror) and I LOVED it.

  • DaddyKo

    A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) passed 100 million ww.

    • Saturn

      But that had brand recognition, and a ready made audience.

      • DaddyKo

        Article mentioned Freddy vs Jason & Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003 which is why I named the Freddy remake.

  • Coty Reynolds

    Unfunny, poorly written, bloodless, trite, and with a twist you could see coming from a mile away, whew that’s what I call a win.

    • Angela M Campany

      Yep.

  • Dennis Giles

    Enjoyed this flick.
    Some good funny lines and yes predictable,But definitely worthy of a viewing.

  • Colin Perkins

    I don’t think you can call it a rebirth of the slasher until it gets a part 2. Like a big element of these slasher series is they are SERIES and they keep going and going. So let’s see what happens and if they do make a part 2 before we call it the slasher rebirth. But yes, the film was a blast.

  • Jon Macmenamin

    Mmmmm, there’s a lot of you guys describing You’re Next as a slasher when it’s not really, it’s home invasion, homaging Home Alone with the killer’s motivation being money. Slashers normally have a supernatural or fucked up mind scenario to explain the reasoning for any murderous intent!

  • Tyler McPherson

    Comparing this movie to the likes of Leatherface, Jason, Freddy and so forth is an insult to those characters and their movies.

    • Jarle Solbakken Fremstad

      Oh please, all of those franchises has at least one sequel each that was an insult to their originators already.

      • Tyler McPherson

        Very true but they began franchises by actually being ground breaking for their time. Not just a remake of Groundhog Day with a murderer. I don’t know. It just seems like it’s made for millennials that won’t remember the movie 5 minutes after watching it, instead of making something that can be timeless.

  • J Jett

    HAPPY DEATH DAY completely surprised me and ended up being a REALLY fun, great flick!

  • Kyle Cole

    I thought this one worked pretty well for being rated pg-13. It ended up being better than i expected it to be

  • Gabbi Cordero

    I see the endless praise of this film hasn’t ended despite being forgettable the second after it’s release. And 2017 was a great year for horror? With duds of long established franchises like Alien Covenant and failed entries to shared universes such as Skull Island and The Mummy. Why would anyone look forward to a 3rd slasher fad? It’s been over 20 years since Scream debuting and NO ONE has sought to reinvent the wheel of this derivative genre. And putting Happy Death Day (clever title btw) in the same “club” as movies with Freddy, Jason, and Leatherface just in terms of box office? Yeah this flick won’t last the time. As of this writing it wasn’t a game changer, it was a blip on the radar and it barely registered. This film’s “legacy” is it released in Halloween and whether good, bad, or middle of the road, fans were primed to watch a horror flick. Period

    • J Jett

      or maybe, just MAYBE lots of people actually liked HAPPY DEATH DAY because they thought it was a decent/good flick?

      • Gabbi Cordero

        Hate to break it to you but if Avatar makes nearly $3 billion, it does not mean everyone who saw it liked it, it means everyone who saw it bought a ticket… Convenient of you to zero in on one point and ignore the rest. Yeah I’m sure Happy Death Day has a long legacy to look forward to. It’ll be the next Ouija

        • Khy

          He never said every one who saw Happy Death Day liked it. He said there are just some people out there who liked it. You didn’t, other people didn’t, who gives a shit? I see praise all the time for movies I don’t like but guess what? I move on and focus on things that I do like. You’re doing all this talking about this movie failing to re-invent the wheel but your entire attitude and spirit is as derivative as could be.

          You’re the same ole’ bitter pretentious piece of shit “horror fan” who likes to sit around and basically bash anything and every thing in a desperate effort to be “edgy”. You’re not saying anything new. If you disliked the film, then hey, fair, but nobody cares about your UNORIGINAL “all horror sucks these days” mentality.

          It’ll be a wonderful day when your kind die out. <3

          • kieron callaghan

            It’s comments like yours and J Jetts that i really enjoy reading Kay, i’m exactly the same when it comes to films, why would i waste time slating a film just because it wasn’t for me when i can post and talk about the one’s i love but equally i would never think that because i liked it then it must be amazing. It really fascinates and never ceases to amaze me just how big must someones ego have to be to think that a movie is utter rubbish because THEY did not like it. I respect and like to read other peoples views and taste in horror even if it is something that didn’t appeal to me or i didn’t enjoy. Don’t get me wrong i welcome and admire IMO but there is a drastic difference between that and “haters”.

          • J Jett

            kieron, well said!

          • J Jett

            thanx Khy! 🙂

          • God this was a read. A kii, a cackle, took the words right out of my mouth and shoved them down his throat. I really hope the horror community reads a comment like this every now and then just so they can look in the mirror and remind themselves to lighten the fuck up

        • J Jett

          you seem like a REALLY negative, unpleasant person (going by your 2 comments above). every word in your initial comment above is incredibly negative/cynical. lighten up?

    • Angela M Campany

      Exactly !!

    • Frank Gambino
  • Angela M Campany

    I don’t get the praise for this film.

  • Sky Ferreira

    Finally saw it this weekend and loved it!

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