Box Office: 'Ready or Not' Hunts Down $2M Opening Day
Fox Searchlight's Ready or Not hunting down an opening day gross of $1.95 million, a promising start for the R-rated, semi-comic horror film.
Ready or Not, earning a B+ CinemaScore, all but tied with Hobbs & Shaw for second place on Wednesday behind Good Boys.
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The stylized genre pic — about a bride who sees her wedding night turn deadly when her eccentric new in-laws force her into a bizarre and terrifying game of hide and seek — opened Wednesday in order to grab older teens and college students before they go back to school. On Friday, Ready or Not will be playing in a total of 2,818 theaters, the widest release in in Searchlight's history.
The critically acclaimed film opens less than a week after Universal pulled The Hunt amid outrage over gun violence in the wake of three mass shootings. (The Hunt's storyline involves liberal elites who hunt down "deplorables.")
Ready or Not is the second Searchlight title, as well as the second R-rated Fox film, to be released under the larger Disney umbrella following Disney's acquisition of the 20th Century Fox empire.
Ready or Not was directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett from the filmmaking group Radio Silence. Samara Weaving stars as the young bride opposite Mark O'Brien, Adam Brody, Henry Czerny and Andie MacDowell.
Wednesday's figure will include $730,000 from Tuesday evening previews. The film could earn as much as $15 million in its five-day debut.
On Friday it will face competition from Lionsgate's action pic Angel Has Fallen, which is tracking for a debut in the low- to mid-teen millions. Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman are joined by Nick Nolte in the third installment Millennium and Lionsgate's action franchise.
Aug. 22, 8:45 a.m. Updated with Wednesday numbers.
by Graeme McMillan
by Brian Davids