REMINDER: the horror genre is dominating.
The big talk of 2017 was Jordan Peele‘s social horror Get Out, which won him an Oscar for “Best Original Screenplay”. Not only is the film fantastic, but it was a huge box office success. Hailing out of Blumhouse and Universal Pictures, the film had a reported budget of only $4.5M and conquered the box office with a $255M worldwide take.
A year later, Platinum Dunes and Paramount Pictures’ A Quiet Place (read our review out of SXSW) took a similar release slot and has had even more success. As of this past weekend, the John Krasinski-directed sci-fi horror has bested Get Out at the box office in all cats, just topping $300M as it works its way to a home video release.
In other big numbers, New Line Cinema’s adaptation of the video game Rampage (read our review) has just hit $400M worldwide. In the Brad Peyton-directed film, when three different animals become infected with a dangerous pathogen, a primatologist (Dwayne Johnson) and a geneticist team up to stop them from destroying Chicago.
Speaking of New Line…
Horror has been nearly unstoppable over the past year, with the studio’s adaptation of Stephen King’s IT topping $700M worldwide and their James Wan-produced Annabelle: Creation also hitting the $300M mark. Shit, even Lionsgate’s Jigsaw popped off $100M.
What does the future hold for films such as Hereditary, The First Purge, or even The Nun, the next in the Conjuring universe arriving in theaters September 7th? Here’s a look ahead at this summer’s hot horror releases.