Sony’s horror thriller “Don’t Breathe” is looking to beat expectations this weekend with a gross of around $20 million, a very healthy sum for a film that cost less than $10 million to make. The film has already taken in $1.9 million in Thursday night previews.
The real surprise though is the reviews for a film of this type have been quite strong – the movie pulling in an 86% (7.2/10) on Rotten Tomatoes and a 71/100 on Metacritic. That makes it the best reviewed horror/thriller of the year, a decent few points above both the high-profile “The Conjuring 2” and the Netflix released “Hush”. “10 Cloverfield Lane” scored higher but is more a sci-fi film.
Fede Alvarez helms the film which centers on a group of teenagers who break into the home of a blind man in order to steal money, only to find themselves in a desperate fight to stay alive. Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto and Stephen Lang star.
“Don’t Breathe” will also knock “Suicide Squad” off its perch, that film is expected to gross in the $10 million range this weekend for its fourth time out. The supervillain tentpole film will end this weekend at over $280 million and has already passed $600 million worldwide.
Not faring as well are Lionsgate’s “Mechanic: Resurrection,” the Jason Statham actioneer headed for a mild launch in the $6-7 million range. In smaller runs, the well-reviewed Obama romance tale “Southside with You” and the panned boxing biopic “Hands of Stone” are expected to finish with $2-3 million each.
Roadside Attractions-Miramax’s opening of “Southside with You,” depicting Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date, is projecting to finish above $3 million at 813 sites, and The Weinstein Co.’s launch of boxing biopic “Hands of Stone” at 810 screens will finish in the $2 million range.