- The Exorcist: Believer has dominated the box office on its opening weekend with a projected total of $28 million.
- The Exorcist: Believer is leading a weekend dominated by horror movies, a genre that makes up five of the Top 10 movies.
- The other horror movies on the chart are Saw X, A Haunting in Venice, The Nun 2, and the 30th anniversary re-release of Hocus Pocus.
Horror movies are dominating the box office on the opening weekend of The Exorcist: Believer. The new movie, which was released three weeks ahead of Halloween, is a legacy sequel that brings back the original character Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn) 50 years later. The movie, which was directed and co-written by David Gordon Green and is the intended beginning of a new trilogy, took No. 1 at the box office this weekend with a projected 3-day total of $28 million.
Per Deadline, though the Exorcist: Believer box office is dominating this weekend, the domestic Top 10 is filled with other horror titles as well. In addition to two horror movies holding spots in the Top 5, half of the entire list is made of up horror. In addition to The Exorcist, this includes Saw X (which grossed $8 million this weekend) at No. 3, A Haunting in Venice ($2.65 million) at No. 6, The Nun 2 ($2.6 million) at No. 7, and the 30th-anniversary re-release of Hocus Pocus ($1.67 million) at No. 10.
Which Fall 2023 Horror Movie Will Come Out On Top?
The month before Halloween tends to be a robust time for horror releases, as many viewers like to embrace the genre in the lead-up to the October 31 holiday. While the titles that are currently charting form the bulk of the horror genre outings that will be available in theaters this Fall, one more major release is due the weekend before Halloween. That would be the upcoming Five Nights at Freddy’s movie, an adaptation of the video game series of the same name.
It remains to be seen which of these horror titles comes out on top once Halloween is over and done. Many of them are attached to prominent franchises, though this hasn’t always led to box office success. For instance, Saw X only had the sixth-best opening weekend of the entire franchise, as did The Nun 2. So far, the latter is the highest-grossing movie of the bunch overall with a cumulative domestic total of $81 million.
Saw X and The Exorcist: Believer have time to potentially catch up with the The Nun 2 box office, which opened earlier than either title. However, The Nun 2 has shown an unusually strong hold. The horror genre usually experiences sharp week 2 drops, so it still seems likely that the Conjuring Universe spinoff will stay on top. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen how The Exorcist performs in week 2 and if Five Nights at Freddy‘s springboards off its buzzy video game source material to become a major hit, so it is too early to call the race entirely.