’Scream’ reigns supreme, ousting ’Spider-Man’ in N America
New Paramount release “Scream” leapt to the top of the box office this weekend, showing the continuing lure of horror films while finally toppling “Spider-Man,” industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported.
The latest reimagining of the “Scream” franchise earned $30.6 million for the Friday-through-Sunday period en route to an expected $35 million for the full four-day Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, more positive news for an industry still struggling with COVID-19.
David A. Gross of Franchise Entertainment Research called it a strong opening for the slasher film, even if the latest “Scream” sequel didn’t scare up numbers like “Halloween 12,” which opened to $49.4 million last October.
Still, Paramount has already managed to recoup its relatively modest $25 million budget.
As in the original “Scream” from 1996, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette star.
Sony’s “Spider-Man: No Way Home” slipped to second place, taking in a still-healthy $20.8 million as its monthlong box office reign came to an end. It has now earned Sony $704 million domestically and $926 million
In third was Universal’s family-friendly “Sing 2,” at $8.3 million. The voice cast of the animated musical includes Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Matthew McConaughey, Bobby Cannavale, Pharrell Williams
Fourth spot went to another Universal film, spy thriller “The 355,” at $2.3 million. It stars Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz and Lupita Nyong’o.