At the American box office, the brand-new horror film Barbarian outperformed expectations and took first place for the weekend with $10 million in revenue from 2,340 screens.
This puts the highly regarded movie far above its anticipated $5 million to $6 million start. Nevertheless, the weekend following Labor Day was quieter than typical. Not to add, the autumn film festivals are the main priority for the majority of the film business. Toronto has officially begun, and Steven Spielberg’s The Fablemans, which had its world debut there before opening in theatres in November, immediately generated Oscar talk. Sony’s The Woman King, another well-known Toronto entry, makes its box office debut the following weekend.
Barbarian made a lot of money from 20th Century Studios and New Regency, and these two companies accounted for 29% of the whole revenue.
The bulk of the audience members were in the 18 to 34 age range. The film had a C+ CinemaScore from moviegoers, but received far higher marks from critics, with a current Rotten Tomatoes critics score of 92 percent for Barbarian.
Barbarian had its international premiere this weekend in minor Latin American countries before making its debut the following weekend in Mexico, Argentina, and Colombia.
In this unpredictable movie, Georgina Campbell plays a young lady who arrives late at night to a rented property in a run-down Detroit area only to discover that it is already occupied by Bill Skarsgrd’s character, another renter. Zach Cregger makes his solo feature film debut with Barbarian.
Naturally, Skarsgrd portrayed the evil clown Pennywise in the two Stephen King It movies, which debuted after Labor Day. In terms of high-profile movies being released in early September, which had previously been a slow season, it helped bring in a new era.
A setback for the summer box office comeback is the lack of event titles in September 2022. The lack of studio tentpoles is a result of pandemic-related supply chain problems.