The Five Nights at Freddy’s movie has now passed $200 million at the worldwide box office after releasing in cinemas (and streaming on Peacock) last weekend. It took a notable dip over the past weekend in box office returns but it still managed to rake in an impressive profit considering that its budget was $20 million.
According to Variety, the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie brought in another $19.4 million domestically in the US this past weekend, bringing the worldwide box office intake to $215 million (via Box Office Mojo). This is a major success for production company Blumhouse. For comparison, the company’s other 2023 mainstream horror movie, M3GAN, only managed to gross $179 million worldwide in its entire theatrical run. It’s now Blumhouse’s biggest opening weekend ever and a sequel is very likely to happen.
Five Nights at Freddy’s loosely adapts the popular indie horror games of the same name by Scott Cawthon, who also wrote the script. The movie follows a night time security guard named Mike Schmidt (played by Josh Hutcherson) who is hired to work in a rundown restaurant called Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. Mike soon realises that the animatronics, possessed by the souls of murdered children, appear to come alive at night and are out for revenge against their murderer, an elusive serial killer.
Reviews for the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie were mostly mixed from fans and critics, though that didn’t stop it from bringing in big box office numbers – potentially making it the biggest horror movie release of the year, as previously (and correctly) projected by analysts.
We got the opportunity to chat with the movie’s cinematographer, Lyn Moncrief, and talk about the various challenges of bringing the beloved games to the big screen. Watch our full interview right here.
Five Nights at Freddy’s is showing in cinemas and streaming on Peacock.