on Thursday, sales. Since 1997’s “Scream 2” completed its theatrical run with $101 million, this is the first entry in the venerable slasher franchise to reach the coveted milestone.
The first “Scream” from 1996 ($103 million) will soon be surpassed by “Scream VI” as the highest-grossing entry in North America, without accounting for inflation.
The sixth installment was released to theatres in March by Paramount and Spyglass, shattering all previous records for the franchise with its $44.5 million opening. Moreover, “Scream VI” has made $56.25 million overseas, bringing its total worldwide earnings to $156 million. At $173 million, the first “Scream” is still the film that has made the most money globally, followed by the sequel with $172 million.
The most recent episode, which cost $35 million to produce, was another box office success for Paramount. Five of the studio’s films, including “The Lost City,” “Smile,” and “Top Gun: Maverick,” have made $100 million or more domestically in the past 12 months.
The survivors of Ghostface’s killings are followed in “Scream VI,” which was directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, as they depart Woodsboro in search of a new beginning in New York City. The movie stars Courteney Cox, Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, and Hayden Panettiere and is the first in the series sans Sidney Prescott, the recurring scream queen played by Neve Campbell. Due to disagreements about her pay, she didn’t reprise her role.
Positive reviews and horror’s persistent movie office appeal helped “Scream VI” go well. Ghostface, the infamous killer from the trilogy, was sent to eerily stand around famous American landmarks as a cunning marketing ploy for the movie. The prank was so convincing that a few unnerved bystanders who saw the knife-wielding, masked murderer in the flesh alerted the police.