Saturday, April 13, 2024

“The Purge” Makes 12 Times Its Budget In Opening Weekend, Didn’t Even Have a Premiere


Box office: “The Purge” made $36.9 million in its opening weekend, or roughly 12 times its budget. The Ethan Hawke starring thriller didn’t even have a premiere anywhere, no red carpet or party, nothing. “The Purge” also took in twice as much as “The Internship,” a movie shot on the Google campus starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. That movie came in fourth. Will Smith’s $150 million “After Earth” fell to seventh place in its second weekend on its way to total collapse and write off.  The premise of the “The Purge” is that by 2022 everything is so wonderful in the world that one night a year everyone is allowed to commit crimes. It’s the equivalent of Golden Globes night. (Just kidding!) “The Purge,” brought to us by the producers of “Paranormal Activity,” will be the most profitable film of the year. Those others, not so much.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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