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RADIO SILENCE’S “ABIGAIL” DISAPPOINTS DESPITE CRITICAL PRAISE

Posted on: May 1st, 2024

It was Universal’s hope that Radio Silence’s vampire-heist tale Abigail would take a bite out of the competition at the box-office.

Whilst the film has received considerable media attention and garnered critical praise, sadly, Abigail failed to set the charts alight.

The latest chapter in Universal’s modern reboot of their classic monster movies, Abigail takes its inspiration from 1936’s Dracula’s Daughter.

Starring Scream actress Melissa Barrera, the film was expected to fetch $15 million domestically, meaning it would easily top the box-office. However, Abigail underperformed upon its Friday debut, and managed $10.3 million at the weekend’s conclusion. Ultimately, Abigail would finish in second place, behind holdover Civil War.

$5 million shy of its estimate makes Abigail the third vampire tale from Universal to fail within a year span. 2023’s Renfield and The Last Voyage of the Demeter both fell far short of their expected numbers, with their final grosses being far less than their production budgets.

Despite underperforming, Abigail was greeted with critical praise. Radio Silence were singled out for their effortless mixing of horror and comedy, as well as the film’s action sequences.

Why has the movie underperformed, you may ask? Industry experts speculate that the appetite for monster flicks just isn’t there. Genre cinema is still riding a prominent slasher movie wave that doesn’t look to be ebbing any time soon.

However, we highly doubt Abigail underperforming will slow down Radio Silence for long.

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