Happy Death Day was a fun little surprise. It took the well-worn Groundhog Day trope and flipped it around for a horror-thriller. The film followed a sorority girl on her last day of life, which would inevitably end with her horrific murder. Every time she was killed, she would wake up again the previous morning, giving her an opportunity to solve her own murder. Though it may have been initially pitched as a kind of horror-adjacent film, it mostly acted as a thriller-comedy by the time the premise kicked in.
And then the sequel hit. I’ll admit, I was unsure if this was the kind of film that warranted a sequel. Happy Death Day 2U had a really rough start. It took me a solid 30-40 minutes to actually get into it, and by the time the story really started getting going, it had me. When the credits closed out, I knew that I wanted a third one. While the second movie did a good job of closing out its story, there were still plenty of questions leftover that a sequel could fix.
But, alas, I never thought a sequel was a possibility. The first movie made a whopping $125.5 million off its $4.8 million, cementing its financial success. However, Happy Death Day 2U only took in $64.6 million. Yes, it did have a budget of only $9 million. As such, it still made plenty of money. But the drop in revenue was so high that it seemed like any sequel to this movie would be pushing things a tad too far. Luckily, producer Jason Blum is still trying to make it happen.
“Let me tell you, I’m working overtime on it,” Blum told E.T. in a recent interview. “Believe me. I’m mad too. I’m mad too. I’m trying. Nothing official yet.”
Based on that response, it does seem like they are having trouble getting a bigger studio on board to help distribute the film. Of course, that part’s just an assumption of mine, but it would make sense. While the studio would likely make a small profit, the trajectory of the franchise doesn’t seem like it would make any investment worthwhile. Why spend money on a small but safe investment when you can invest in a potentially bigger franchise and hope for greater returns?
Regardless, Happy Death Day 3 does seem like the perfect movie for a streaming service, so here’s hoping that Netflix or HBO Max pick it up eventually.
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