‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ Shatters Records: Highest Domestic Opening for a Video Game Film

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The global cinema landscape experienced an unexpected tremor as Universal and Blumhouse’s ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ made its mark. With a staggering $78 million debut domestically over Halloween weekend, it not only exceeded projections but also set significant records. On its opening day, the horror sensation impressively surpassed even this year’s massive blockbuster, ‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie.’ However, while it clinched day one, it couldn’t maintain that lead throughout the weekend, ultimately trailing behind Mario’s colossal $146.3 million weekend haul.

But Freddy’s performance is no small feat, especially when considering it premiered in tandem on Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming platform. This strategy earned it the second-best opening weekend accolade for a day-and-date streaming release, with only Disney’s 2021 ‘Black Widow’ (a robust $80 million in theaters) outdoing it.

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Internationally, ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ showcased its appeal with a commendable $52 million, pushing its global earnings to an astounding $130 million. This figure allowed it to proudly wear the crown for this year’s most significant horror global opening, outdoing contenders like ‘The Nun II,’ which globally peaked at $88.1 million.

Among its other numerous accolades, Freddy’s captured the title for the third horror debut of all time, surpassed only by horror giants 2017’s ‘It’ ($123.4M) and 2019’s ‘It: Chapter Two’ ($91.0M). Moreover, it shattered previous benchmarks by securing the best PG-13 horror opening ever, boasting figures 55% greater than 2018’s ‘A Quiet Place’ that managed $50.2M.

In relation to its peers currently in theaters, Freddy’s is undeniably dominant. During its opening, it overshadowed the cumulative earnings of other horror films in the fray, such as ‘The Exorcist: Believer’ and ‘Saw X.’ The upcoming weekdays are anticipated to witness Freddy’s overtaking ‘The Nun II,’ which currently stands at $85.8M after its eight-week run.

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