A Successful Run at Freddy Fazbear's
Blumhouse’s Five Nights at Freddy’s is nearing the end of its theatrical release after being in theaters for a month since its debut on October 27th. After a month of criticism and mixed reviews, the movie survived its theater run, and it won’t be leaving empty-handed either. It has become Blumhouse’s biggest hit at the global box office.
The Five Nights at Freddy’s Survival Guide
Scott Cawthon originally created the Five Nights at Freddy‘s game franchise, and it was intended to be made into a movie in 2015 under Warner Bros., with Gil Kenan as the director and co-writer. The movie was then moved to Blumhouse Productions, where Emma Tammi was hired as the director. The cast includes Josh Hutcherson as the well-known security guard working the night shift, which is familiar to many fans of the games. Starring alongside Hutcherson are Elizabeth Lail, Piper Rubio, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Scream legend Matthew Lillard.
The plot unfolds similarly to the lore of the games but expands on the world-building and tells a new story about two siblings trying to survive on their own together. Of course, the need for survival takes a drastic turn when they encounter deadly animatronics coming after them. The movie appeals to the fanbase of the games, and it naturally intrigued everyone as to what was to come in the movie. With only a $20 million budget, it definitely seemed to impress the masses and get everybody’s attention.
The Prize of Survival
The video game-to-movie adaptation grossed $80 million during its opening weekend, which surpassed the $50 million it was expected to make during its debut. Overall, the movie made $136 million at the domestic box office and $160 million in overseas markets, resulting in $295 million after playing in theaters for a month. Five Nights at Freddy’s now holds the spot as the highest-grossing movie made by Blumhouse Productions, dethroning M. Night Shyamalan’s Split, which made just under $280 million worldwide during its release in 2017.
The amount of money Five Nights at Freddy’s made comes as a huge surprise, especially after the disappointing box office performance of The Exorcist: Believer, which only grossed $136 million. Much of the success of Five Nights at Freddy’s can be attributed to the pre-existing fanbase of the game franchise as well as the PG-13 rating, which allows the younger fans to see it. Overall, the stars aligned for this movie adaptation to reach great success, and the numbers prove it.
There still are some Five Nights at Freddy’s showing in theaters today and it is now streaming on Peacock!
Official Universal Five Nights at Freddy’s Trailer