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Posted on: November 3rd, 2023

The power of the demonic compelled a lot of people to the theatre, it seems!

Flying in the face of all expectations, David Gordon Green’s legacy sequel The Exorcist: Believer has powered past the coveted $100 million mark at the global box-office.

Opening to $3 million below it’s bottom end estimate, and receiving a critical lashing, hopes for success soon dwindled. Universal, Blumhouse and Morgan Creek braced for a crash-landing after months of tireless marketing and the greenlighting of a sequel, The Exorcist: Deceiver.

However, the sixth cinematic entry in the Exorcist franchise continues to hold strong, despite mixed reviews and scary competition. As it stands, the film has currently grossed $110 million worldwide, becoming the second most-successful entry in the series.

Further disproving the film’s detractors is that The Exorcist: Believer has out-performed Green’s previous offering Halloween Ends, despite a much lower opening and far less promotion. Many theorised that due to Halloween Ends very sour note with audiences, The Exorcist: Believer would be the ultimate casualty in Green’s career. However, as it stands, the film’s final total is $5 million more than Halloween Ends lifetime gross, and it still has some time in theatres.

The box-office is expected to taper off due to competition and the fact Universal released the film to digital October 24th. However, it is undeniable that The Exorcist: Believer outperformed all expectations and has been a hit.

With this news, it is relatively safe to assume that April 2025’s The Exorcist: Deceiver is safe. However, there have been talks of a creative “re-think” with Green floating the idea that he may not direct this one.

Only time will tell how this proposed trilogy proceeds, but rest assured, we’ll be watching closely.

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