Paramount's A Quiet Place delivered one of the biggest box office shocks of the year back in April. Its $50 million opening weekend more than doubled studio predictions, and it has since gone on to gross over a quarter of a billion dollars worldwide.
Not bad for a movie with a reported budget of just $17 million.
Its nearest competitor for horror’s 2018 box office crown is currently Universal’s Truth or Dare, but with a sleuth of anticipated thriller movies on the horizon, another pretender could still take its crown. We take a look at some of the contenders, below:
Hereditary – June 8th
With a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Ari Aster’s directorial debut is already gathering serious buzz amongst horror fans.
The movie’s plot, which revolves around the unusual relationship between a grandmother and granddaughter, has been likened to 1973 classic The Exorcist by critics.
Distributor A24 will be hoping that the box office success of similarly themed movies, such as Paranormal Activity and Sinister, will pave the way for the movie to become the indie breakout of the year.
While we wouldn’t put a bet on the flick out-grossing A Quiet Place, it’s almost certain to make a substantial profit in relation to its production costs.
The Meg – August 10th
A giant, pre-historic shark faces off against Jason Statham in Warner Brother’s big summer release.
The movie’s plot is loosely based on the best-selling novel Meg and is helmed by National Treasure-director Jon Turteltaub.
Both shark and monster movies have made a comeback in recent years, with The Shallows, 48 Meters Down, Kong: Skull Island, and Rampage all performing well at the worldwide box office.
The Meg’s reported $150 million production budget means there’s already pressure on the studio to recoup its outlay. It’s hoping that the casting of Chinese star Li Bingbing could help to propel the film’s performance in Asia.
This all begs the question: will it chomp away at the competition or scare away audiences? While much could depend on reviews, we’re expecting The Meg to give A Quiet Place a run for its money.
Halloween – October 19th
No, you haven’t stepped into a time machine, Halloween is back again.
Creator John Carpenter revealed the exciting news last February, claiming that director Danny McBride’s pitch for the plot blew him away.
While little is known about the storyline at this point, there is one major titbit that has got fans excited. Jamie Lee Curtis will be returning to play the role of Laurie Strode despite being killed off in the poorly received Halloween: Resurrection.
How does that work, you ask? Well, it’s reported that the events of the film will take place sometime after the original. In other words, they’re completely ignoring the other eight sequels/remakes (yes, eight!).
The 2007-reboot, Halloween, grossed over $80 million worldwide. A similar reboot of the Scream franchise in 2011 was rewarded with close to $100 million in box office receipts. We’re expecting Halloween to post similar figures upon its return this fall.