Blumhouse Pictures’ Happy Death Day took the #1 spot this weekend, pulling a $26.5M ($31.5 worldwide) opening. The slasher film beat out Blade Runner 2049‘s second weekend, which only amassed $15.1M as of the writing of this article.
Deadline reports that Happy Death Day marks the 3rd best Blumhouse start this year, behind Split ($40M) and Get Out ($33M.) It is also to note that all three of these movies are original movies, and not sequels, as well as being low-budget. Happy Death Day‘s budget was $4.8M, making this movie a far and away success for Blumhouse Flims and Universal Pictures, having made an ~800% profit.
It is also said that the film’s success this weekend was fueled by Friday the 13th, with $11.6M. Saturday’s numbers took a 20% drop, earning $9.4M. Overseas, the film amassed $5M. Happy Death Day‘s decent opening is the lead of a weak movie weekend overall, however, with the Jackie Chan-led film The Foreigner taking 3rd with $13M over the weekend, and It remaining in the top 5, coming in at 4th with $6.05M
Happy Death Day is the story of a college student (Jessica Rothe, La La Land) who relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity. The film also stars Israel Broussard (Good Kids) and Ruby Modine (Shameless)
The movie has been rated Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, amassing a 64% on the Tomatometer.
The Outerhaven will have a review podcast of Happy Death Day in the coming weeks.