Date: October 30, 2023
By Hanna Rose
Five Nights at Freddy’s has already made $130 million, cementing it as the biggest opening weekend for a live-action video game movie.
Even before its official release, Five Nights at Freddy’s had already recouped its $25 million budget through the sale of streaming and theatrical distribution rights. Now, as it graces the silver screen, the movie has shattered records by grossing an astonishing $130 million globally in its debut weekend. This achievement solidifies its position as the second-highest-grossing opening for a video game adaptation and the leading opening for a live-action video game film.
The current top ten list of video game movie opening weekend earners following FNAF’s release is as follows:
- The Super Mario Bros. Movie
- Five Nights at Freddy’s
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Pokemon: Detective Pikachu
- Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
- The Angry Birds Movie
- Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
Remarkably, in 2023 alone, Five Nights at Freddy’s outperformed major releases such as Across the Spider-Verse, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, The Little Mermaid, John Wick: Chapter 4, Fast X, and Transformers: Rise of the Beasts in terms of opening weekend earnings.
This success extends beyond its genre; Five Nights at Freddy’s not only marks the most substantial opening for a live-action video game adaptation but also stands as Blumhouse’s most significant opening to date. Additionally, it holds the distinction of being the year’s most prominent opening for a horror film, surpassing contenders like Evil Dead Rise, Scream 6, and M3GAN.
Despite already being available for streaming on the Peacock service in the United States, the film managed to accumulate an impressive $78 million domestically. On the international front, it added another $52 million to its total, culminating in the impressive $130 million opening weekend.
However, amidst all the success, the movie’s screenings have not been without their hiccups. Several videos emerged depicting fans pilfering posters, cutouts, and merchandise from theaters. In some instances, security personnel were seen chasing after these overzealous fans, attempting to prevent their escape.
One particular viral clip showcased a supposed brawl at a Five Nights at Freddy’s screening in London, as reported by VG247. Ultimately, it was revealed to be a staged stunt, adding a touch of drama to the movie’s remarkable debut weekend.
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