Universal Pictures, Blumhouse

Universal Pictures and Blumhouse’s “The Exorcist: Believer” is looking to come in under expectations this weekend with this first of a planned trilogy of new films racking up just $27.2 million domestically and $45.1 million worldwide in its debut.

On the one hand, the film’s production budget of around $20-30 million has already been reached which is good. In this case, however, Universal reportedly paid a hefty $400 million for rights to the franchise – a figure believed to cover all three film’s budgets.

The numbers were well behind the projected $30-36 million domestic launch cited earlier this week. Joining the disastrous critical reviews is a decidedly underwhelming ‘C’ CinemaScore in audience exit polls.

The obvious hope here had been to repeat the success of Blumhouse’s “Halloween” revival trilogy, but Michael Myers and “The Exorcist” are very different properties leading to quite different results.

Last week’s “Saw X” dropped to $8.2 million in its second weekend, down around 55% from its debut. That puts it at number three, behind “PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie” which earned $11.8 million and came in second.

At the specialty box office, A24 and Chernin Entertainment’s “Dicks: The Musical” scored a stellar location average of $31,552 per screen.

Source: THR

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