For Universal Pictures and Blumhouse, what is scary is not the threat you cannot see on screen but the idea of another one of their classic monster movies not doing well in theaters. Their latest offering features an adaptation of the classic H.G. Wells novel, The Invisible Man. The film is written and directed by Leigh Whanell and stars Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid and Harriet Dyer. So how did it do during it’s opening weekend?
The answer is very well! Numbers via The Hollywood Reporter have The Invisible Man bringing in $29 million domestically and $20.2 million overseas for an awesome $49.2 million global start in it’s first weekend. The audience for this film was made up of 53% male, even though numbers usually sway towards females filling up the seats at horror films. This is the best domestic opening for a horror film since last year’s It: Chapter Two. It is also the best opening ever for Jason Blum’s production company. What makes this an overall win is that the film cost $7 million to produce before marketing.
Universal and Blumhouse had a little to be worried about as the last two horror films have struggled in the box office. For example, The Invisible Man has already made more here in the states than Blumhouse and Sony’s Fantasy Island at it concluded it’s third weekend at $24.2 million. STXfilms’ Brahms: The Boy II has also not done well as it has earned a total of $9.8 million overall in it’s first ten days.
Overseas it has also been well received, despite the fact that horror films don’t usually do very well. The Invisible Man did $2.9 million in the U.K., $2.2 million in France and $1.8 million in Mexico. Even in Asia where the film industry has taken a big hit because of the threat of the coronavirus, South Korea brought in $1.1 million.
A busy schedule has not allowed me to see the film yet, but I hope to change that by the middle of next week. I have always been a fan of the classic horror monsters like the invisible man. I hope that they use this film as an example of how to make a successful monster movie without the pressure of trying to create a “universe” like they tried to do a few years back.
Have you seen The Invisible Man? What are your thoughts?
Universal Pictures and Blumhouse’s The Invisible Man is now playing in theaters everywhere.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter