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‘The Exorcist: Believer’ Takes Over the Weekend Box Office with $27.2 Million

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The latest installment brought in another $17.8 million internationally which helps brings it to $45 million globally.

Over the weekend, The Exorcist: Believer nabbed the number one slot at the box office with nearly $27.2 million. It sounds pretty good on paper, as it almost made back its $30 million budget. However, since Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions purchased the franchise rights for a trilogy from Morgan Creek for $400 million back in 2021, there’s still a long way to go. It’s akin to your former high school classmate walking up a slightly steep hill on a brisk day and bragging that she scaled Mount Everest. 

Why So Underwhelming? 

Unfortunately, the film has not received love from Rotten Tomatoes, with a miserly 23% rating. But bad critical reviews won’t stop blind allegiance for films, horrible TV shows, or even a new romantic partnership. Your family and friends were hoping you’d dump Chris by giving him a paltry 4 out of 10 rating, with comments like “he seems to cry a lot” and “he needs a job.” But you just clung onto him for dear life.

So, if poor ratings aren’t harming the film’s financial prospects, what is? In October, the race to the theater for horror films is unmatched, and the possessed demon girls had to outpace other franchise films like The Nun II of the mega-successful The Conjuring Universe and Saw X, of – well, obviously, a zillion Saw movies. Furthermore, The Exorcist: Believer’s underwhelming draw calls into question whether there will still be subsequent films in this new trilogy from Director David Gordon Green, who helmed Halloween’s latest trilogy.

Jigsaw vs. 90-year-old Ellen Burstyn

Overall, The Exorcist: Believer still beat its competition and could continue to dominate. However, Saw X’s Jigsaw’s tricycle wheels, though they go less than 3 mph, have staying power and could eventually catch up to those crazy demon girls or Ellen Burstyn if she stops long enough to check her flourishing bank account. And the thing is, once one is entrapped by Jigsaw, one must deal with the pesky consequences – like how he hides keys to his traps in kidneys, which prompts yet another co-pay to the nephrologist. 

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The Scariest Release of All

William Friedkin’s original The Exorcist (1973) was so terrifying that parts of the world banned it. The negative publicity made it a must-see film and drove massive international ticket sales. Fans have been missing that kind of scary rumor mill from our big-name horror films currently playing in theaters. However, that’s about to change next weekend with arguably the scariest release of all: Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour

Moreover, movie theater workers have already been warned to deal with fainting, heart palpitations, and projectile vomiting from excited “Swifties.” In response, Regal has procured an endorsement from Swiffer (for the mops to clean up the puke.) *As of this publication, Swiffer has not returned our request for comment. 

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The Exorcist: Believer (2023) Universal Pictures Official Trailer

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Matt Keyser is a recent graduate of Cal State Fullerton University with a bachelor's in Communications-Journalism. He is a freelance entertainment reporter with a focus on film and television. As a former senior programming coordinator for the Newport Beach Film Festival, Matt's experience with critiquing narratives and documentaries has helped showcase his passion for television and cinema through his writing.