Title: “Five Nights at Freddy’s” Shatters Expectations with $80 Million Opening Weekend
In a surprising turn of events, the movie adaptation of the popular video game “Five Nights at Freddy’s” exceeded industry expectations, grossing an impressive $80 million during its opening weekend. Released by Universal and Blumhouse, the film made history as it became the biggest opening weekend for a day-and-date streaming release, tying with Disney’s “Black Widow.”
The horror flick, which was also available on streaming platform Peacock, successfully captured the attention of audiences worldwide, leading to a stellar box office performance. Unfortunately, while Disney provided digital sales figures for “Black Widow,” NBCUniversal did not disclose specific streaming metrics for “Five Nights.”
Despite receiving negative reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, with a mere 25% approval rating, “Five Nights” managed to resonate with viewers and earned a decent “A-” CinemaScore. The film follows the captivating story of a nighttime security guard navigating a family entertainment center plagued by murderous animatronic mascots.
Earning a staggering $80 million in its domestic debut, “Five Nights” has already proven to be a commercial success, surpassing the initial Sunday estimate of $78 million. Moreover, NBCUniversal proudly announced that the film became the most-watched and biggest subscription driver on Peacock since its release on October 26.
With a production budget of $20 million, “Five Nights” achieved remarkable profits and broke records for Blumhouse. It became their highest-grossing opening weekend, securing its place as the second-largest debut for a video game adaptation, just behind “The Super Mario Bros. Movie.”
However, some box office analysts argue that hybrid releases like “Five Nights” may not fully maximize their revenue potential, as horror films are often best experienced within a thrilling theater setting. Despite this, the movie still managed to perform remarkably, earning approximately $52 million internationally, resulting in a total global box office of $132 million.
As “Five Nights at Freddy’s” continues to captivate audiences worldwide, its unexpected success sheds light on the potential for video game adaptations to draw in both loyal fans and new viewers alike.