Thursday, April 18, 2024

Oh, the Horror! “Invisible Man” Aims at $30 Mil Weekend as Niche Movie is One of 10 Hits Already in 2020


The only thing really selling right now in movie theaters is horror. Yes, you can say it: “Oh the horror!”

“Invisible Man” directed by Leigh Wannell and starring Elisabeth Moss, a twist on the original sci-fi movie, has made $10 million since Thursday night. The Universal feature could earn as much as $30 million by Sunday night, $25 million on the low end. This “Invisible Man” is loosely based on H.G. Wells’s classic novel. (It has nothing to do with Ralph Ellison’s much more important classic novel of the same name.)

Coming in June: “Candyman,” from the newly reconstituted MGM, a sequel to the 1992 film. Anticipation from horror fans is off the charts. It’s co-written by Jordan Peele, director of “Get Out” and “Us,” and a new horror impresario.

But get this: there have already been 10 horror films in general release this year, which is only two months’ long. They were ranked on Twitter by film writer Ed Douglas: 1. The Invisible Man 2. The Lodge 3. Underwater 4. Fantasy Island 5. Color Out of Space 6. Come to Daddy 7. Gretel and Hansel 8. The Grudge 9. Brahms: The Boy II 10. The Turning

Two of them, “Invisible Man” and “Fantasy Island” come from Blumhouse, Jason Blum’s very smart horror factory. In two weeks, on Friday the 13th, they’ll release “The Hunt.” That’s the film that was originally pulled from the schedule but is now back, barring any tragic big scale shootings in the news.

Boo? Boo hoo. Blum, Peele, and all these other producers are crying all the way to the bank!

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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