Tuesday, July 5, 2022

‘The Black Phone’ Dials Up $77 Million at the Worldwide Box Office

After scaring up an impressive $23.4 million domestically and $35.8 million worldwide in its opening weekend, Scott Derrickson‘s The Black Phone is now in its second week at the box office, earning millions more over the long Fourth of July Weekend. Here in the United States, The Black Phone added $14.5 million to its box office total over the holiday weekend.

At this time, the film’s domestic total is now $49.6 million, while the worldwide total has reached $77 million. The film’s reported production budget? Just $16-18 million.

The 2012 horror movie Sinister, also directed by Derrickson, also written by C. Robert Cargill, and also starring Ethan Hawke, finished domestically at $48 million, with the worldwide total reaching $82.5 million. That movie was a massive hit for the trio, but it’s looking like The Black Phone is definitely going to surpass all of those numbers now ten years later.

Will a sequel follow in its wake? Only time will tell…

Meagan wrote in her review of The Black Phone for Bloody Disgusting, “Derrickson and Cargill revive the same traits and structure of Sinister to transform Hill’s short into a feature-length nightmare full of ghostly kids, violence, and a trio of unforgettable performances.”

Starring four-time Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke in the most terrifying role of his career and introducing Mason Thames in his first ever film role, The Black Phone is produced, directed, and co-written by Scott Derrickson, the writer-director of Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Marvel’s Doctor Strange.

Finney Shaw, a shy but clever 13-year-old boy, is abducted by a sadistic killer and trapped in a soundproof basement where screaming is of little use. When a disconnected phone on the wall begins to ring, Finney discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims. And they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney.

The film’s screenplay is by Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill (Doctor Strange, Sinister franchise), based on the award-winning short story by Joe Hill from his New York Times bestseller 20th Century Ghosts. The film is produced by Derrickson & Cargill’s Crooked Highway and presented by Universal and Blumhouse. Jason Blum, Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill are producers on the film, which is executive produced by Ryan Turek and Christopher H. Warner.

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