At this point, it should come as no surprise that horror endured another painfully unfruitful weekend at the box office. A statistic nightmare in terms of cinematic draw, August winds down as hopeful remakes like Fright Night and Conan the Barbarian plunge deeper into the realms of debt. Both flicks continued to flounder this weekend, falling to the ninth and eighth places, respectively. While Fright Night was shot on a fairly low $30 million budget, Lionsgate stands to lose far more gnificant marks, as Conan the Barbarian cost roughly $90 million to assemble.
Debuting in wide release this weekend was the critically acclaimed Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. Some fantastic reviews seemed to have sparked gnificant early interest in the picture, but that interest certainly didn’t translate at the box office; the feature sold just over $8 million in tickets for a third place debut.
Those aren’t terrible numbers, especially for this specific time of year, but it’s an underwhelming debut all the same. The meager turnout gnals concluve punctuation to a disappointing summer for the horror genre.
Check out the box office top 10 estimates below!
1. The Help: $14,333,000
2. Colombiana: $10,300,000
3. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark: $8,689,000
4. Rise of the Planet of the Apes: $8,650,000
5. Our Idiot Brother: $6,588,000
6. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World: $5,727,000
7. The Smurfs: $4,800,000
8. Conan the Barbarian (2011): $3,100,000
9. Fright Night (2011): $3,029,000
10. Crazy, Stupid, Love.: $2,905,000