Over the years, few film genres if any have evolved quite like the horror genre has. Horror films no longer revolve solely around deranged killers wreaking havoc and have come to include a wide array of uniquely terrifying storylines that have come to define horror as we know it today. But with that being said, said classic tropes of deranged killers remain as timeless as ever before as they lend their creators much greater opportunities to be creative and live up to audience’s expectations. Take, for example, the premiere of Scream VI this weekend, which has already set history after setting a box office record for the franchise following its Friday night premiere.
Originally premiering in 1996, the Scream franchise is amongst the most iconic in the history of horror films given how popular the Ghostface mask, the mask it’s killer wears, is amongst fans. That success is further emphasized by how much longevity the franchise has enjoyed, with the sixth film in 27 years being released this weekend in Scream VI. Scream VI has been garnering a lot of attention in the lead up to it’s release with significant attention being placed upon the film’s leading actress Jenna Ortega as she seems primed to put on a performance that competes with Neve Campbell’s in the 1996 original. Regardless of her performance however, Scream VI is already cementing its place in respect to the Scream franchise at the very least as it is on pace to have the biggest opening weekend for a Scream film since the release of Scream 3 back in the year 2000. That project raked in $34 million in its opening weekend, and Scream VI had raked in a very respectable $19.3 million by the end of Friday night alone with projections as high as $43 million by the time the weekend is over. While obviously nothing is set in stone, Scream VI is already well on its way and if the film is seeing this much success at the box office then it likely lives up to the hype of the past few weeks so it may be worth a trip to the theaters if you’re interested.
With half a dozen films in less than three decades, few franchises in horror history have seen as much success as the Scream franchise. On top of that, we could be on the verge of a new era in the franchise spearheaded by Jenna Ortega and other new castings which have caught audience’s attention and will just help compound upon said preexisting success. So it’s safe to assume that Paramount Pictures is happy, and fans should be too as they head to theaters to see Scream VI this weekend.