Relativity’s “The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death,” the first movie to open in 2015, has launched with an estimated $1.5 million at Thursday evening screenings in the U.S.
The opening puts the horror sequel, which is playing at 2,602 locations, on track for the film’s opening weekend in the range of $9 million to $11 million. Screenings began at 7 p.m.
By comparison, Warner Bros.’ “Annabelle” launched with $2.1 million in Thursday night screenings and went on to gross $37.1 million in its opening weekend. Paramount’s “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” generated $1.2 million from Thursday night screenings starting at 10 p.m. on its way to an $18.3 million weekend, while Relativity’s “Oculus” opened with $475,000 at 10 p.m. Thursday night showings to start a $12 million weekend.
Relativity had originally scheduled the “Woman in Black” sequel for Super Bowl weekend on Jan. 30 but moved it forward four weeks in October. No other horror films will open until the end of February.
Jeremy Irvine and Helen McCrory star in the sequel, directed by Tom Harper from Jon Croker’s script.
The sequel takes place 40 years after the original film, when a group of children evacuated from London during World War II come to stay and awaken a house’s darkest inhabitants — the same house as in the original. Producers are Tobin Armbrust, Simon Oakes, Ben Holden and Richard Jackson.
Relativity acquired U.S. rights last year from Hammer and eOne. The original, starring Daniel Radcliffe, grossed $127 million worldwide.