Horror Can’t Scare Up Box Office Numbers

Five horror films were released this weekend, several in limited release.  But none managed to make an impact at the box office.  Let Me In, the remake of the Swedish film Let the Right One In, did the best.  It scored an estimated weekend haul of $5.2 million.  Just enough to land it in 7th place.  Case 39 did about the same, pulling in about $5.1 million.

What does this mean?  Hard to tell.  Is this just a reaction to these specific films?  Or has the audience gone bearish on horror?  We’ll know more in the weeks ahead.  Next week (10/8/10) Wes Craven‘s My Soul to Take opens.  And later in month we have releases of Paranormal Activity 2 and Saw 3D.  If all these films fail to ignite interest, the genre may be facing a dark future.

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