‘Scream’ scares ‘Spider-Man’ off with a debut of $ 30.6 million

NEW YORK (AP) – After a month of No. 1, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” has finally been overtaken at checkout. Restart Paramount Pictures’ “Scream” debuted with $ 30.6 million in ticket sales over the weekend, according to the studio’s estimates Sunday.

“Scream,” a self-described “requel” that is both the fifth film in the franchise and a reboot introducing a new, younger cast, led all releases during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Paramount predicts it will amount to $ 35 million including Monday’s gross. “Scream,” which cost about $ 24 million to make, added another $ 18 million in 50 international markets.

It provided a solid revival for the self-conscious slasher franchise. The rights to the “Scream” films, once a reliable cash cow for Harvey and Bob Weinstein’s Miramax Films, were acquired by Spyglass Media Group, which produced the new film with Paramount. This “Scream”, directed by Matt Bettinello-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, was the first not directed by Wes Craven, who died in 2015. It has the original “Scream” crew members Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette along with the new additions Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega and Jack Quaid.

Most notably, “Scream” is the first box office hit in a year that Hollywood hopes will see a return to weekly cinema stability. January is typically a quiet period at the box office, but the rise in the omicron variant of COVID-19 has further heightened the release schedules for some winter movies.

“All of our traditional measures indicated a solid opening, but as I kept telling people: We’re still in this thing, and it’s very difficult to determine what’s actually going to happen,” said Chris Aronson, distribution manager for Paramount . “Now we’re open, people’ve seen the movie, and we’re up and running. Hopefully this will be another building block in the direction of rebuilding the business and getting it back to some kind of normality.”

Meanwhile, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” dropped to second place, but continued to rise in the record books.

“No Way Home” earned $ 20.8 million in its fifth release weekend. Sony Pictures predicts that “No Way Home” with an additional $ 5.2 million on Martin Luther King Jr. Day will reach a total of $ 703.9 million on Monday, allowing “Black Panther” to reach and move into a fourth place through the ages. It only puts it behind “Avatar” ($ 760 million), “Avengers: Endgame” ($ 858 million) and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($ 936 million). Globally, “No Way Home” has earned $ 1.6 billion.

Universal Pictures’ “Sing 2” landed in third place in its fourth weekend with $ 8.3 million over the three-day weekend. The animated sequel has grossed $ 122.1 million in the domestic market and $ 96.3 million internationally.

While the debut of “Scream” could be celebrated by Paramount, which postponed most of its best 2021 releases to 2022 (movies including “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Mission Impossible 7”), its performance was also marked by the current realities in ticket sales. Superhero films and genre films that appeal to a younger audience have returned to near-pre-pandemic levels, while films that are skewed older have not.

“Scream”, which received largely positive reviews (81% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and a B + CinemaScore from the audience, performed better than the last part, 2011’s “Scream 4”. That movie was launched with $ 19.3 million. Audiences for the new “Scream” were 42% under the age of 25, Sony said. But any success must draw from different demographic conditions, and “Scream” also appealed to fans of the early franchise posts. About 23% of ticket buyers were over 35 years old.

The only other new hit movie of the weekend was “Belle”, Mamoru Hosoda’s critically acclaimed anime riff on “Beauty and the Beast”. It debuted at $ 1.6 million in 1,326 theaters.

Estimated ticket sales from Friday to Sunday in US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore.

1. “Scream”, $ 30.6 million.

2. “Spider-Man: No Way Home”, $ 20.8 million.

3. “Sing 2,” $ 8.3 million.

4. “The 355”, $ 2.3 million.

5. “The King’s Man”, $ 2.3 million.

6. “Beautiful,” $ 1.6 million.

7. “American Underdog”, $ 1.6 million.

8. “West Side Story”, $ 948,000.

9. “Licorice Pizza,” $ 880,000.

10. “The Matrix Resurrections,” $ 815,000.

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