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Terrifier 2 Opens In 850 Theaters

Opening tonight in 850 theaters for a Thurs-Sun run (Thurs, Sunday and Monday in AMC, Thurs-Sun everywhere else), Bloody Disgusting’s Terrifier 2 will take its shot at relative box office glory between Smile last weekend and Halloween Ends next weekend. It is not expected to light the box office on fire.

Still, it is an unrated, 138-minute slasher sequel that is getting something of a conventional (if limited-time) theatrical release not through Fathom Events (which just had its best September ever) or the like. Offhand, looking at a few local theaters, the 6:45 at the Simi Valley Regal is 50% full, and the respective 7:30 pm showings at the Porter Ranch AMC and the Woodland Hills AMC are mostly sold out save for the front three rows. I’m not haphazardly predicting fortune and glory this weekend. Still, just in case, it’s reminder of how much the Covid-era theatrical recovery has depended on horror films during times of feast and famine

Going back to mid-2020, when everyone hoped that Tenet would usher in a slew of year-end tentpoles, the theatrical offerings between Chris Nolan’s time-inversion thriller and Wonder Woman 1984 (then scheduled for early October) was made up by the likes of A Quiet Place part II, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It and Candyman. The plan was obvious, as horror is still considered a ‘worth seeing in a theater’ sub-genre and horror movies are cheap enough that they don’t have to break box office records to break even.

Even as the ‘recovery’ shifted from late 2020 to early 2021, most of last year was held up by monster movies (Godzilla Vs. Kong, Venom: Let There Be Carnage), horror originals or new-to-you adaptations (Old, The Unholy, etc.) and franchise-friendly horror flicks like Halloween Kills, Quiet Place 2, Conjuring 3, Spiral: From the Book of Saw, The Forever Purge, Don’t Breathe 2, and Escape Room: Tournament of Champions.

Source: Forbes

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