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‘Insidious: The Red Door’ Dominates Domestic Box Office, Outshining ‘Dial of Destiny’

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Sony took advantage of a brief lull between two blockbuster releases and strategically released the horror sequelInsidious: The Red Door’ in over 3,000 theaters across the country. The film made a strong impact on its opening day, earning over $15 million, including $5 million from Thursday previews. Projections for ‘Insidious 5’ were around $25 million, but it surpassed expectations with an impressive opening weekend of over $30 million.

This achievement puts it slightly ahead of its predecessor, ‘Insidious: The Last Key,’ which debuted in 2018 with a $29 million opening weekend. The first film in the franchise, directed by James Wan, earned $13 million in its opening weekend and went on to accumulate just under $100 million worldwide in 2011. ‘Insidious: Chapter 2’ had the highest opening weekend for the franchise, earning $40 million, and concluded its theatrical run with a global total of $161 million.

As the fifth installment in a horror franchise, ‘Insidious 5’ has received mixed reviews, currently holding a “rotten” 36% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Nate Richard from FilmSweep mentioned in his review that while the movie “might not be the scariest entry in the franchise, it feels more grounded and relatable.” The film also marks the directorial debut of Patrick Wilson, who is known for his role in the Conjuring franchise.

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‘Insidious 5’ aims to frighten the previous week’s top film, ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,’ from its leading position. ‘Dial of Destiny,’ the fifth chapter in the long-running franchise, earned $7.6 million on its second Friday, bringing its domestic total to over $100 million. It is projected to reach $120 million domestically by the end of the weekend, despite experiencing a steep 58% decline in its second weekend, the largest drop for the franchise.

Meanwhile, ‘Sound of Freedom,’ a faith-based film starring Jim Caviezel, had a strong start with over $11 million on July 4, but experienced a decline on Friday. It is expected to secure the third-place position with a total of $36 million by Sunday. This is a notable accomplishment for a niche title specifically targeting right-wing conspiracy theorists.

The fourth and fifth spots at the box office this weekend were occupied by two animated films: Disney’s ‘Elemental’ and Sony’s ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.’ While ‘Elemental’ showed signs of recovery after a lackluster opening, reaching a domestic total of $102 million, ‘Across the Spider-Verse’ continued to perform strongly with a running total of $352 million. Despite positive reviews, Lionsgate’s R-rated comedy ‘Joy Ride’ failed to capitalize on the success of ‘No Hard Feelings’ and debuted outside the top five with $2.6 million on Friday. For more updates, you can watch our interview with ‘Insidious 5’ producers Jason Blum and James Wan on FilmSweep.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about horror sequel

What is the opening weekend box office performance of “Insidious: The Red Door”?

“Insidious: The Red Door” had a strong opening weekend, grossing over $30 million, exceeding initial projections.

How does “Insidious 5” compare to its predecessor in terms of box office performance?

“Insidious: The Red Door” surpassed its immediate predecessor, “Insidious: The Last Key,” which had a $29 million opening weekend in 2018.

What are the reviews like for “Insidious 5”?

“Insidious 5” has received mixed reviews, currently holding a 36% score on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Some reviewers appreciate its relatable and more human approach compared to previous installments.

Who directed “Insidious 5”?

“Insidious 5” marks the directorial debut of Patrick Wilson, who is also a star in the Conjuring franchise.

How does “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” compare to “Insidious 5” at the box office?

“Insidious 5” aims to dethrone “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” from the top spot. While “Dial of Destiny” had a strong second Friday, it experienced a franchise-worst 58% decline in its second weekend.

How are the animated movies “Elemental” and “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” performing at the box office?

“Elemental” had a slow start but showed signs of recovery, reaching a domestic total of $102 million. “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” continues to perform strongly, with a running domestic total of $352 million.

What is the performance of the faith-based film “Sound of Freedom”?

“Sound of Freedom” had a front-loaded debut and is expected to secure a third-place finish with a total of $36 million by the end of the weekend. This is a notable accomplishment for a niche film targeting right-wing conspiracy theorists.

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horrorfan82 July 10, 2023 - 6:38 am

insidious 5 sounds super cool! it’s amazin’ how it beat the last movie in the franchise at the box office. mixed reviews, but hey, it’s more human than the other ones. patrick wilson is a boss!

filmgeek23 July 10, 2023 - 3:24 pm

gotta say, insidious 5 is the bomb! it’s scarier than the others and more down-to-earth. patrick wilson rockin’ the director’s chair is amazin’. hope it beats indiana jones, even though it’s droppin’ fast. also, spider-man across the spider-verse is crushin’ it at the box office, no surprise there!

boxofficejunkie July 10, 2023 - 6:33 pm

insidious: the red door kickin’ butt at the box office, makin’ more than expected! i wonder if it’ll keep up the momentum. gotta check out the reviews on rotten tomatoes, seems like it’s a bit of a mixed bag. and wow, patrick wilson directin’ too, that’s a surprise!

movielover123 July 10, 2023 - 10:15 pm

woah, insidious 5 takin’ on indiana jones and dial of destiny! i hope insidious scares it away! but dial of destiny had a huge drop in its 2nd weekend, yikes! animated movies elemental and spider-man are doin’ good, love ’em! can’t believe sound of freedom is targetin’ right-wing conspiracy folks, that’s wild!


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