Cry VIthe latest installment in the long-running horror movie franchise, grossed an estimated $44.5 million domestically in its opening weekend, Paramount said Sunday, setting a record for the film series and exceeding expectations.
The sixth Shout the film was expected to make between $35 million and $40 million between Friday and Sunday, according to Variety.
The film cost $33 million to make, according to Paramount.
It took the top spot at the domestic box office this weekend.
The film grossed $22.6 million this weekend outside the United States, for a worldwide total of $67.1 million, according to Paramount.
Cry VIThe opening of the franchise comes after Creed III set a record within its own franchise last weekend, raking in $58.6 million domestically in its first weekend.
National Weekend Box Office Estimated Grosses
- Scream IV$44.5 million
- Creed III$27.1 million
- 65$12.3 million
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania$7.0 million
- cocaine bear$6.2 million
Cry VI featured franchise staples like Courtney Cox and Hayden Panettiere and, of course, the villainous Ghostface. It was the first film without Neve Campbell, who played Sidney Prescott. Campbell left the show because “I didn’t feel what I was being offered matched the value that I bring to this franchise and have brought to this franchise for 25 years.” The sixth film also starred Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega, who recently starred in the hit Netflix TV series Wednesday.
Cry VI broke a franchise record previously set in 2003 by Scream III, which had an opening of $34.7 million. 1997 Scream II made its domestic debut at $32.9 million, followed by Shout (2022) with $30 million, 2011 Scream IV with $18.6 million and 1997 Shout, with $6.3 million. the original Shout is the highest-grossing film in the franchise, with $173 million.
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