Wes Craven's horror slasher film Scream (which is technically Scream 5) looks like it will win the weekend. It did well in it's box office opening with $13.4 million on Friday alone from 3,664 theaters. As of Jan 15, 2021 projected weekend debut of the Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick movie is more than $30 million. Based on early projections for the 3-day weekend it could go as high as $36 million for the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend even as Covid explosively spreads across the county - people are still gathering in movie theaters though it is less than had there been no Omicron. Billion-dollar blockbuster Spider-Man: No Way Home is in second place but it has been out 5 weeks by this point. The two movies are attracting young males who have been the ones who have been filling theaters now during Omicron.
They call this one a relaunch but it really is a sequel to Scream 4 out in 2011. In this one - the killer, a new killer that wears a Ghostface mask targets teens to bring back secrets from the town's past.
This is the first time that Wes Craven is not directing but the movie is dedicated to him in the closing credits. The movie stars the regulars of David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox and a list of news coming actors Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, Dylan Minnette, Mason Gooding, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mikey Madison, Sonia Ben Ammar as well as Marley Shelton, Skeet Ulrich, Heather Matarazzo, and Roger L. Jackson.
Although fifth and sixth Scream installments were discussed after the release of Scream 4 in 2011, Craven, writer Kevin Williamson and executive producer Harvey Weinstein all felt that it would be unlikely because the last one Scream 4 did not do that well at the box-office so then a Tv series aired on MTV from 2015 to 2016 for two seasons and a third season airing on VH1 in July 2019. In 2020, Williamson returned as EP but said it would not be a so-called reboot. Production was delayed due to the pandemic. Production was so tight - to avoid story leaks, several versions of the screenplay were produced and several additional scenes were even actually filmed - to through people off. This one is a good tribute to Craven's legacy.
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