Five Nights at Freddy’s has debuted with an opening weekend of $78M at the domestic box office and $130M worldwide on a $25M budget. One of the biggest openings ever for a horror movie and for a video game adaptation.
The performance of the film is remarkable, especially considering it was simultaneously released on the streaming platform Peacock on the same day as its theatrical premiere. This approach mirrors Universal’s previous strategy with Blumhouse productions, such as the slasher sequels Halloween Kills, which had a $49 million debut, and Halloween Ends, with a $40 million debut.
In Five Nights at Freddy’s, the story centers on a security guard who assumes the night shift at a spooky pizza restaurant, where the animatronic mascots exhibit independent and sinister behavior. The cast features Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Lail, Matthew Lillard, and Mary Stuart Masterson, with direction by Emma Tammi.
While Killers of the Flower Moon is expected to secure the third spot, with projections pointing to a second weekend earning around $10 million, representing a 57% drop from its opening debut. The North American box office total for this Martin Scorsese film is anticipated to surpass $41 million within its first 10 days.
After two consecutive weeks at the top of the domestic charts, Taylor Swift is expected to drop to the second position. The Eras Tour earned $4.8 million on Friday, which represents a 53% decrease from last week’s earnings. By the end of the three-day weekend, the concert film is projected to surpass a $150 million domestic gross, positioning it as one of the top 15 North American releases of the year.