Horror movies have been dominating the box office recently, proving that no genre is more captivating on the big screen. The latest addition to this demonic trend is ‘Insidious: The Red Door’, the fifth installment in the popular Insidious franchise. After a decade, the Lambert family returns, bringing with them a chilling tale that solidifies the series as one of the best in the horror genre. With a strong start, ‘The Red Door’ generated an impressive $5 million in box office previews on Thursday.
This exciting news comes from Deadline, who also noted that the preview earnings of ‘The Red Door’ are almost on par with the Thursday previews of another iconic fifth film in a franchise, ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’. Last week, the latter made $5.2 million. Although ‘The Red Door’ is not expected to match the $60 million opening of ‘Dial of Destiny’, it is projected to have a very respectable $22 million opening weekend. If these numbers hold true, ‘The Red Door’ will secure at least the fourth-highest opening in the franchise’s history. The original ‘Insidious’ film debuted modestly at $13 million, but the series gained momentum with ‘Chapter 2’ earning $40 million, ‘Chapter 3’ with $22.6 million, and ‘The Last Key’ bringing in $29.5 million during their respective opening weekends. Additionally, every film in the franchise has surpassed the $100 million mark worldwide during their box office runs. ‘Chapter 3’ reached $112.9 million, emphasizing the potential success of ‘The Red Door’. Another remarkable aspect of the film is its budget, estimated to be only $10-16 million. In a landscape where many big-budget blockbusters costing over $200 million fail to make a profit, ‘The Red Door’ is a refreshing success story. The film is expected to not only recover its budget but also generate substantial profits, following in the footsteps of recent PG-13 horror hits like ‘M3GAN’ and ‘The Boogeyman’.
But what is ‘The Red Door’ about? The story takes place ten years after the Lambert family’s encounter with the demon-infested realm known as “The Further.” Dalton, now a college student (played by Ty Simpkins), finds himself and his family once again targeted by the vengeful forces of The Further, led by the iconic “Lipstick Face Demon.” Notably, ‘The Red Door’ marks a significant milestone for Patrick Wilson, who makes his directorial debut with this installment. Wilson has already garnered a loyal fanbase for his outstanding contributions to the horror genre, including the ‘Insidious’ and ‘The Conjuring’ franchises. While the franchise might not reach the box office heights of its prime, when it exceeded $160 million, it will undoubtedly be intriguing to witness the lasting impact of ‘The Red Door’. In a summer dominated by action-packed blockbusters featuring the return of beloved characters like Batman, Indiana Jones, and Ethan Hunt, ‘Insidious’ offers the perfect counterprogramming that theaters need.
As ‘Insidious: The Red Door’ continues to haunt theaters, it’s worth mentioning that although it was promoted as the final film in the franchise, an early development spin-off titled ‘Thread: An Insidious Tale’ is also in the works. So, before you and your fellow horror enthusiasts rush to the theater, take a moment to watch the chilling trailer of ‘The Red Door’ below.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about horror franchise
What is ‘Insidious: The Red Door’?
‘Insidious: The Red Door’ is the fifth film in the popular Insidious franchise. It follows the return of the Lambert family after a decade, as they face vengeful forces from the demon-infested realm known as “The Further.”
How much money did ‘Insidious: The Red Door’ make in box office previews?
The film generated $5 million in box office previews, indicating a strong start for the horror franchise’s latest installment.
How does the box office performance of ‘Insidious: The Red Door’ compare to other films?
The Thursday previews of ‘The Red Door’ were almost on par with the previews of ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,’ another fifth film in a franchise. However, while ‘Dial of Destiny’ had a $5.2 million preview, ‘The Red Door’ is projected to have a respectable $22 million opening weekend.
Who is the director of ‘Insidious: The Red Door’?
Patrick Wilson, known for his acting contributions to horror films including the Insidious and The Conjuring franchises, makes his directorial debut with ‘The Red Door.’
Will there be more films in the Insidious franchise?
Although ‘The Red Door’ was promoted as the final film in the franchise, there is an early development spin-off titled ‘Thread: An Insidious Tale’ in the works, suggesting that the franchise may continue in some form.
Is ‘Insidious: The Red Door’ a low-budget film?
Yes, ‘The Red Door’ had an estimated budget of only $10-16 million, which is relatively low compared to many high-budget blockbusters. This budget is likely to be recovered and surpassed due to the film’s strong box office performance.