Scream VI Opens Strong on Thursday with .7 Million in Previews

Scream VI Opens Strong on Thursday with $5.7 Million in Previews

The latest installment in the Scream franchise shows promise at the box office on its pre-opening night.

While the infamous horror movie franchise Scream has been a fixture of cinematic culture since the first film came out back in 1996, the latest installment in the series is proving itself to potentially be the strongest one yet. Per a report from Collider, the newly released Scream VI has so far brought in $5.7 million in Thursday night previews at 3,100 theaters, with opening weekend projections slated for around $35-40 million. That would make it the most profitable film in the entire franchise on that front, surpassing Scream 3 (2000), which currently stands at the top with a $34.7 million opening weekend.

Scream VI is directed by Matt Bettenelli-Oplin and Tyler Gillett, who also helmed the fifth film titled Scream, which he deemed both a direct follow-up to Scream 4 and an official relaunch of the story. The latest film is filled to the brim with several stars, such as Jack Champion (Avatar: The Way of Water), Henry Czerny (Ready or Not), Josh Segarra (She-Hulk: Attorney at Law), and Anthony Revolori (The French Dispatch). Hayden Panettiere also returned for the third time as the character Kirby Reed while Scream veteran Courteney Cox reprised her role as Gale Weathers. She also executive produced the film. Jenna Ortega, who has been very much in the spotlight with her iconic role in the mega-popular Netflix series Wednesday, also rejoined the cast.

Radio Silence Helped Bring a Horror Classic Back to Life

Bettenelli-Oplin and Gillet, the duo known as Radio Silence, helped breathe life back into the horror franchise with last year’s installment Scream (2022), doing quite well at the box office despite ongoing challenges with the pandemic. When the series debuted in the late 1990s, the fanfare that made the first three films such a success started to dissipate with Scream 4’s more lackluster turnout and mixed response. It was apparent that a refresher was needed to save what was still a cult classic, and thankfully both directors were able to reinvigorate the formula that made the story of the Ghostface killer so successful to begin with.

It’s unclear as to how far the series will go, should it choose to go the lengths of other classic horror franchises like Halloween that serenaded its ending last year with its 13th film Halloween Ends (2022). The horror film genre has been going exceptionally strong lately, with both original works and continuations of franchises like these often stampeding over the competition at the box office, and Scream has all but perfected the tongue-in-cheek slasher film.










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