×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Box Office: ‘The Witch’ Spooks ‘Risen,’ ‘Race’ on Thursday Night

A24’s horror film “The Witch” scared up $630,000 on Thursday night while Sony’s religious drama “Risen” brought in $425,000.

The Witch” played in 1,800 U.S. locations, while “Risen” screened at 2,329 sites during preview showings.

Meanwhile, Focus Features’ “Race” got off to a quiet start with $205,000 at 1,800 screens.

The trio of openers is challenging the second weekend of Ryan Reynolds’ “Deadpool,” which is expected to dominate again with at least $50 million. Fox’s surprise blockbuster had already topped $172 million as of Wednesday following its record-setting President’s Day Weekend.

“The Witch,” the story of a Puritan family that becomes afflicted with evil in the woods, was picked up at Sundance last year after Robert Eggers won the directing prize in the U.S. dramatic category.

“The Witch” has scored an impressive 87% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an endorsement from Stephen King. The opening for “The Witch” at 1,800 theaters marks the widest launch in A24’s history. The film, which seems to be connecting with horror aficionados, is set to rack up more than $10 million — although the studio insists that it would be content with an opening in the $3 million to $4 million range, considering its $1 million budget.

“Risen,” starring Joseph Fiennes and Tom Felton, follows a Roman soldier tasked with examining rumors of Jesus’ resurrection. The film cost $20 million to produce and launches at 2,915 theaters with forecasts in the $10 million range.

Race” centers on the trials and triumphs of Jesse Owens, the black Olympian who nabbed four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin games. Focus Features bought domestic rights for $5 million.

Forecasts for “Race” have come in around $9 million for its opening weekend.

More Film

  • Aquaman 2018

    'Aquaman' Crosses $250 Million at Foreign Box Office

    Things are going swimmingly at the box office for “Aquaman” as the Warner Bros.’ superhero flick hits another major milestone overseas. James Wan’s take on the ruler of the seven seas just passed $250 million internationally, and a weekend haul of $126.4 million from 43 territories brings its foreign tally to $261.3 million. “Aquaman” — [...]

  • Mortal Engines

    'Mortal Engines' to Lose More Than $100 Million at Box Office

    “Mortal Engines,” a steampunk fantasy adventure, is also an epic flop. With a budget of just over $100 million and tens of millions in global marketing costs, executives at rival studios estimate that the movie will lose upwards of $100 million. Some even project that number could float to more than $125 million. “Mortal Engines” [...]

  • Thierry Frémaux, José Luis Rebordinos Honored

    Thierry Frémaux, José Luis Rebordinos Named Honorary Argentine Academy Members

    BUENOS AIRES — In a ceremony just before Friday’s prize announcements at Ventana Sur, Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux and José Luis Rebordinos, director of the San Sebastian Festival, were named honorary members of Argentina’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in a new move for the Academy, out through by its new president, Bernardo [...]

  • Nona

    Film Review: 'Nona'

    Twenty years and 12 features down the line, it’s still hard to peg the directorial sensibility of Michael Polish, with or without the presence of brother Mark as frequent co-writer and actor. His output has been all over the place, from early Lynchian quirkfests to the very middle-of-the-road inspirational dramedy “The Astronaut Farmer,” not to [...]

  • Pawel Pawlikowski "Cold War"

    Pawel Pawlikowski's 'Cold War' Wins for Best Film, Director at European Film Awards

    “Cold War,” Pawel Pawlikowski’s black-and-white romance set in the 1950s, scooped the prizes for best film, director and screenplay at the 31st edition of the European Film Awards on Saturday. “Cold War” star Joanna Kulig also won the award for best actress. Marcello Fonte, the star of Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman,” won for best actor. Armando Iannucci’s [...]

  • The Favourite Bohemian Rapsody Star is

    The Best Movie Scenes of 2018

    When we think back on a movie that transported us, we often focus on a great scene — or maybe the greatest scene — in it. It’s natural. Those scenes are more than just defining. They can be the moment that lifts a movie into the stratosphere, that takes it to the higher reaches of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content