Sony took a bold risk this week with the release of Insidious: The Red Door in over 3,000 theaters across the country. Positioned between the highly anticipated Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny and Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One, both boasting a combined budget of approximately $600 million, this horror sequel, made with a modest $16 million, exceeded all expectations during its opening weekend.
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Not only did Insidious 5 claim the top spot on the domestic chart, overtaking Dial of Destiny with an impressive $32.6 million debut, but it also performed remarkably well in international markets. The fifth installment in the long-running horror franchise earned an additional $31 million from overseas territories, marking the best-ever debut for a horror film since 2019. Currently, the movie has amassed an outstanding $64 million worldwide.
Insidious 5 signifies Patrick Wilson’s directorial debut, who also stars in the immensely popular Conjuring film franchise. Reviews for Insidious 5, as expected for a fifth entry in a horror series, have been mixed at best. With a “rotten” score of 37% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and a disappointing C+ CinemaScore from opening day audiences, it suggests that the film’s commercial success may be front-loaded. Nevertheless, Sony reported promising trends across key markets. The movie garnered $7.7 million in the Asia Pacific region, over $11 million in Latin America, and nearly $10 million in Europe. Additionally, it achieved the largest horror opening of all time in the Philippines and enjoyed the widest-ever release for a horror film in India. Insidious: The Red Door is currently being shown in 52 international territories, with major markets like South Korea, Spain, and Indonesia yet to open.
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How Does the Movie Compare to Previous Insidious Installments?
Insidious 5 is well on its way to becoming one of the highest-grossing films in the franchise’s decade-long history. The first Insidious film, directed by James Wan and made on a micro-budget, concluded its global run with just under $100 million. Insidious: Chapter 2, also directed by Wan, grossed a little over $160 million worldwide in 2013. In 2015, Insidious: Chapter 3 generated $120 million globally, while Insidious: The Last Key remains the franchise’s top earner, amassing $172 million worldwide in 2018.
Unlike most other genres, horror has maintained its appeal among audiences in the post-pandemic era. While big-budget superhero films have faced some rejection, viewers have consistently flocked to successful releases like Scream VI, Smile, Evil Dead Rise, M3GAN, and others. Only time will tell if this year’s other highly anticipated horror films, such as The Nun II and David Gordon Green’s The Exorcist: Believer, can capitalize on this upward trend.
Insidious: The Red Door is currently playing in theaters. You can watch our interview with James Wan and producer Jason Blum here, and stay tuned to FilmSweep for more updates.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about box office success
What is the box office performance of “Insidious: The Red Door”?
“Insidious: The Red Door” had a remarkably successful box office debut, surpassing expectations both domestically and internationally. It topped the domestic chart with a $32.6 million opening weekend and earned an additional $31 million from overseas markets. Its current worldwide haul stands at an impressive $64 million.
Who directed “Insidious: The Red Door”?
“Insidious: The Red Door” marks the feature directorial debut of Patrick Wilson, who also stars in the film. Wilson is known for his role in the popular Conjuring film franchise.
How do reviews for “Insidious: The Red Door” look?
Reviews for “Insidious: The Red Door” have been mixed. As the fifth installment in a horror series, the film received a “rotten” score of 37% on Rotten Tomatoes. Additionally, opening day audiences gave it a disappointing C+ CinemaScore. However, the commercial performance of the film has been strong.
How does “Insidious: The Red Door” compare to previous films in the franchise?
“Insidious: The Red Door” is on track to become one of the highest-grossing films in the Insidious franchise. The previous films in the series had varying levels of success, with the highest-grossing installment being “Insidious: The Last Key” with $172 million worldwide.
Is the horror genre performing well in the post-pandemic era?
Yes, the horror genre has been successful in attracting audiences in the post-pandemic era. While some big-budget superhero movies faced rejection, horror films like “Insidious: The Red Door” and others have been drawing viewers to theaters. The genre has continued to maintain its appeal in recent years.