October was a very lucrative month for horror to say the least, but perhaps no studio has reaped the rewards more that Blumhouse Productions.
Beginning October 6th, Blumhouse’s The Exorcist: Believer topped the box-office and went on to gross $135 million worldwide. This was an overperformance, given the film’s mixed to negative critical reception and polarizing reaction from audiences.
That alone would’ve been a fruitful October for Blumhouse, but just 3 weeks later, the hotly anticipated Five Nights at Freddy’s adaption hit screens. With an enormous opening weekend haul of $130 million, the film set and instant record for the studio.
Now, there’s better news for Blumhouse, as despite a near record-breaking 73% decline its second week, and a critical lashing, FNaF has gone on to become the studio’s most successful film in history.
With a hefty total haul of $295.5 million, Five Nights at Freddy’s bests some of Blumhouse’s finest and most critically lauded offerings with its profits. Previously 2016’s Split had held the title as Blumhouse’s most successful film, with a very impressive $285 million. Similarly, FNaF eclipses Jordan Peele’s Oscar winning Get Out, his 2017 follow-up Us and David Gordon Green’s 2018 Halloween reboot.
On a meagre budget of $20 million, Five Nights at Freddy’s has cultivated a profit margin that is ridiculously impressive for a genre film. The rewards reaped from the film no doubt guarantee more visits to Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria are on the horizon.
To that end, we hear through a reliable source that two sequels are in active development over at Blumhouse. Actor Matthew Lillard has also confirmed that he signed a deal for three films, so it will not be long before we see the animatronic fiends terrorize another unsuspecting security guard, we’re betting.
Congratulations Blumhouse on such a major coup! We hope success like this continues for the horror genre.