Cloverfield Lane Box-Office, Thematic Talk

The J.J. Abrams-produced “10 Cloverfield Lane” is off to a heady start at the North American box office, scoring $1.7 million on Thursday night and looking to head to a potential $30 million debut. Reviews have been strong for the film with a very healthy 76/100 on Metacritic.

The film isn’t a sequel, so much as a “spiritual successor” – tied to the first thematically rather than by actual story or character based links to the 2008 monster movie. The film’s director Dan Trachtenberg has confirmed to Cinema Blend that though the films are currently in separate universes – they could eventually come together:

“Who knows what’s in store in the future, and what kind of things could be further connected – but certainly [10 Cloverfield Lane] does take place in a different timeline. But there are definitely connections that one could make as well.”

J.J. Abrams spoke about the difference with Slashfilm, reconfirming the thematic links and how it’s part of a larger plan:

“Well, there are a number of connections, some obvious, some not. Things that I want people to sort of find on their own. Some are thematic, some are genre. But what defines a Cloverfield movie is part of a kind of bigger idea we had. This is sort of part anthology and part a larger idea.

And the fun of having a movie that is connected to Cloverfield, but not a literal Cloverfield 2, which is of course what we would have called it had it been a literal sequel. It would have been a more obviously titled sequel. This is something that hopefully if we get a shot to continue this idea that we have, we can have a lot of fun with and come clearer what constitutes a Cloverfield movie.”

“10 Cloverfield Lane” is certainly fairing better than other films at the box-office this weekend such as Sacha Baron Cohen’s comedy “The Brothers Grimsby” which is looking to only debut to a disastrous $4 million or so, while faith-based “The Young Messiah” is on comparable levels.