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Eli Roth’s horror film Thanksgiving has made a splash in its global box office debut, raking in a hefty $10.2 million in the U.S. and $2.4 million internationally. Despite facing off against heavy hitters like The Marvels, Thanksgiving snagged the third spot in the U.S. box office and is buzzing with positive reviews. While its opening figures didn’t surpass the year’s biggest horror hits, it stands as Roth’s most acclaimed work to date, boasting an impressive 83% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Amidst stiff competition, Eli Roth’s newest horror flick, Thanksgiving, has emerged as a box office success story, debuting with a strong $10.2 million in the U.S. and an additional $2.4 million across 11 international markets, totaling a global opening of $12.6 million. The film’s domestic third-place finish is neck and neck with Disney’s The Marvels, which experienced a surprisingly steep second-weekend drop, especially for a Marvel Cinematic Universe entry.
The weekend box office was led by The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, followed by Trolls Band Together. Another fresh release, Next Goal Wins, also made its way into the top five. Thanksgiving’s release, strategically timed before the holiday season, will soon face competition from upcoming releases like Ridley Scott’s Napoleon and Disney Animation’s Wish. The movie follows on the heels of the unexpected horror success Five Nights at Freddy’s, which has grossed over $130 million domestically, despite a simultaneous streaming release.
2023’s Top Horror Films by Domestic Earnings
- Five Nights at Freddy’s: $132,612,000
- Scream VI: $108,161,389
- M3GAN: $95,043,350
- The Nun II: $86,267,073
- Insidious: The Red Door: $82,156,962
‘Thanksgiving’ Tops Eli Roth’s Filmography
Joining the ranks of 2023’s horror heavyweights like Scream VI, M3GAN, The Nun II, Insidious: The Red Door, and Evil Dead Rise, Thanksgiving may have had a modest opening, but it shines as the year’s most critically acclaimed horror film. Currently, it enjoys an 83% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the highest in Roth’s career. FilmSweep critic Emma Kiely praised the movie, describing it as “a horror feast worth savoring.”
Based on the mock trailer Roth directed for Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse, Thanksgiving tells the tale of a serial killer’s rampage in a small Massachusetts town. Known for directing gruesome horror films like Hostel and The Green Inferno, Roth brings this slasher story to life. The film boasts a star-studded cast including Patrick Dempsey, Addison Rae, Milo Manheim, Jalen Thomas Brooks, Nell Verlaque, Rick Hoffman, and Gina Gershon. It’s set to premiere in Belgium, France, Mexico, The Netherlands, and Brazil in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to FilmSweep for the latest updates.
Thanksgiving: A New Horror Classic
Set in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the birthplace of Thanksgiving, the movie revolves around a mysterious killer inspired by the holiday, causing terror following a tragic Black Friday riot.
- Release Date: November 17, 2023
- Director: Eli Roth
- Cast: Rick Hoffman, Gina Gershon, Patrick Dempsey, Milo Manheim, Addison Rae
- Runtime: 107 minutes
- Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
- Writers: Jeff Rendell, Eli Roth
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Eli Roth Thanksgiving
What is the global box office performance of Eli Roth’s ‘Thanksgiving’?
Eli Roth’s ‘Thanksgiving’ made a strong debut at the global box office, earning $10.2 million domestically and $2.4 million internationally, totaling a global debut of $12.6 million.
How did ‘Thanksgiving’ rank in its opening weekend?
‘Thanksgiving’ ranked third in the U.S. box office during its opening weekend, competing closely with Disney’s ‘The Marvels’.
Is ‘Thanksgiving’ Eli Roth’s best-reviewed film?
Yes, ‘Thanksgiving’ is Eli Roth’s best-reviewed film, with an 83% score on Rotten Tomatoes, marking it as the most critically acclaimed film of his career.
What are the top horror movies of 2023 in terms of domestic gross?
The top horror movies of 2023 by domestic gross include ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’, ‘Scream VI’, ‘M3GAN’, ‘The Nun II’, and ‘Insidious: The Red Door’.
What is the premise of ‘Thanksgiving’?
‘Thanksgiving’ is a horror film about a mysterious serial killer terrorizing Plymouth, Massachusetts, following a tragic Black Friday riot.
More about Eli Roth Thanksgiving
- Eli Roth’s Filmography
- Thanksgiving Movie Review on Rotten Tomatoes
- Box Office Performance of Thanksgiving
- Top Horror Movies of 2023
- Thanksgiving Movie Tickets on Fandango