Freaky, the latest Blumhouse horror movie that aims to make fans laugh and scream, had a successful first weekend after earning $3.7 million.
Vince Vaughn's and Blumhouse Productions' comedic horror movie Freaky wins this weekend's box office after earning $3.7 million. The movie takes the body-swapping trope from films like Freaky Friday and reimagines it as an ultimate nightmare scenario that is so compelling that its trailer managed to impress Stephen King. Freaky follows Millie (Kathryn Newton), a shy, overlooked teenager who switches bodies with a local serial killer known as The Blissfield Butcher (Vince Vaughn). Both hilarity and gore ensue as Millie (in the Butcher's body) tries to sneak under the radar while the Butcher (in Millie's body) goes on a killing spree.
After the horror movie's timely release on Friday the 13th, the Blumhouse film has already raked in $3.7 million, as reported by The Wrap. This number is on the lower side when it comes to successful movies in the past but consistent with other theater releases during the coronavirus pandemic. Freaky also won high ratings with an 85% score from the critics at Rotten Tomatoes and an 82% score from audiences. This positive reception is good news for AMC theaters, which struck a window deal with Universal that allowed the chain to stay open.
The movie's success is unsurprising when considering the talent both on camera and behind the scenes. Freaky was directed by Christopher Landon, the creator and producer of the Happy Death Day franchise and the writer of Paranormal Activity 2-5. Landon's skillful handling of horror is considered to be perfectly juxtaposed by Vaughn's comedic talent, creating a thrilling whirlwind for fans. In short, Freaky was such a success that Blumhouse could potentially make Freaky 2.