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Universal’s Horror Flick ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ Wins Second Weekend Box Office Despite 76% Revenue Drop

Matthew Lillard in Five Nights at Freddy’s

Erik Gruenwedel

Universal Pictures’ video game-themed horror movie Five Nights at Freddy’s remained atop the weekend box office for a second week, generating $19.4 million in ticket sales — a steep 76% drop in revenue from the film’s previous weekend’s debut.

Another theatrical collaboration between Universal and Blumhouse, the reported $20 million budget movie has generated $113 million across North American screens, and almost $175 million worldwide. The movie has already surpassed Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Nun II ($85 million), Universal’s M3GAN ($95 million) and Paramount Pictures’ Scream VI ($108 million) in ticket sales.

In addition, the tally is impressive considering Freddy’s is concurrently streaming for free on the Peacock platform. While the streaming platform ranks far behind other SVOD rivals in subscribers, day-and-date access is helping Peacock (slowly) gain more subscribers.

Taking No. 2 across theaters for the second weekend is the Taylor Swift / The Eras Tour concert movie, which saw another $13.7 million in revenue across its fourth weekend of release. The movie has topped $166 million as the biggest-grossing concert theatrical release in North America.

Rounding out the podium, is Paramount/Apple Studios’ Killers of the Flower Moon, which saw the Martin Scorsese-directed and Leonardo DiCaprio/Robert De Niro starrer sell another $7 million in tickets, upping its global haul around $100 million.

A24’s Priscilla Presley biopic Priscilla ranked No. 4 with $5 million in revenue and a strong debut for the Sofia Coppola-directed movie. Universal/Blumhouse horror reboot The Exorcist: Believer sold another $2 million in tickets to up its global tally to $123 million ($63 million in North America) after five weekends.

Pantelion’s Radical, a Spanish-language Mexican film about a school teacher in a neglected border town, generated $2.7 million in revenue in its theatrical debut.

Meg Ryan’s directorial debut, Bleecker Street’s romantic comedy What Happens Later, co-starring David Duchovny, realized about $1.56 million in revenue in its debut.

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