“Barbarian” earns $3.8 million on Friday at the box office.

At the US box office, the brand-new horror film Barbarian is tearing past the competition, topping the charts on Friday with $3.8 million from 2,340 screens.

That puts the well-reviewed movie on track to make $9 million or $10 million, above its anticipated opening of $5 million to $6 million. The amount that Barbarian is frontloaded will determine the ultimate figure. In either case, it will triumph over a sleepy weekend.

The R-rated film, from 20th Century Studios and New Regency, is opening in 2,340 theatres, including Imax and expensive large format screens, which are performing well financially.

Bill Skarsgård in ‘Barbarian.’ COURTESY OF 20TH CENTURY STUDIOS

The audience is primarily composed of people between the ages of 18 and 34. Moviegoers rated the film a C+ CinemaScore. The rating from critics is substantially higher; as of right now, Barbarian has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 93 percent.

Internationally, Barbarian makes its debut this weekend in minor Latin American nations before making its debut the following weekend in Mexico, Argentina, and Colombia.

The suspenseful movie centres on a young woman (Georgina Campbell) who arrives late at night to a rental home in a dilapidated Detroit area only to discover that it is already occupied by another renter, played by Bill Skarsgrd. Zach Cregger’s first solo feature film is titled Barbarian.

Naturally, Skarsgard portrayed the evil clown Pennywise in the two Stephen King It movies, which debuted after Labor Day. In terms of high-profile movies being released in early September, which had previously been a slow season, it helped bring in a new era.

A setback for the summer box office comeback is the lack of event titles in September 2022. The lack of studio tentpoles is a result of pandemic-related supply-chain problems.

It Chapter Two debuted in 2019, therefore the weekend’s total income is anticipated to be roughly $39 million, down more than 70% from 2019 and down 35.3% from 2021.

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