Insidious: The Red Door hit theaters last Friday. It had been five years since fans of the franchise took a trip to the Further and many were itching to return. As a result, the franchise’s fifth installment carried on the tradition of summer horror movies scoring big at the box office. The popcorn horror favorite even managed to dethrone one of modern cinema’s most iconic characters with its opening weekend earnings.
Insidious: The Red Door Dominates Domestic Box Office
The Red Door will probably be the final installment in the Insidious franchise. If the film’s opening weekend is any indication, the series is going out with a bang. According to Horror News Network, the horror flick raked in $32.7 million across 3,200 domestic theaters. That impressive haul put the horror sequel at the top of the domestic box office. However, that’s only part of the story.
Sony released the latest insidious installment against some heavy hitters. The film had to contend with Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny and Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One. The latest Indiana Jones sequel was at the top of the box office after its strong opening weakened. However, Indie was no match for the Further.
Insidious: The Red Door didn’t just clean up domestically. The movie was also a hit abroad bringing home an additional $31 million from overseas audiences, according to Collider. That puts the opening weekend totals up to about $64 million. Those aren’t Marvel numbers by any stretch of the imagination. However, with a $16-million-dollar budget, the horror flick turned out to be a profitable gamble.
There’s no denying that Insidious: The Red Door is a hit despite the mixed reviews. This is a win for more than just the team behind the movie and the studio. It’s a big ol’ shiny W for the horror community at large. With more horror flicks topping summer box office earnings, we’ll hopefully see studios begin to take bigger chances with genre films in the future.