BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 29: View of the public during a fan preview screening of the movie 'Smile' at Phenomena Cinema on September 29, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Xavi Torrent/Getty Images for Paramount)
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Smile Made Scary Good Money At The Box Office Again, Amsterdam Made Scary Bad Money
After September’s miserable box office numbers, October’s early theater releases have appeared to have mixed results. “Smile” is joined by several other new feature films, including “Amsterdam,” “Terrifier 2,” and “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile,” all aimed at different audiences.
Director Parker Finn’s feature debut, “Smile,” has taken the number one spot once again, making $17.6 million, and has become the first original horror movie of 2022 to hold this position two weeks in a row. The film may have dropped 22.2% from its premiere, but it’s on track to make over $100 million worldwide and may surpass “The Black Phone” if it can overcome “Halloween Ends.”
While “Smile” may have had a relatively successful weekend, Disney’s “Amsterdam” was an unfortunate disappointment, earning just $6.5 million against its reported $80 million budget. Despite its star-studded cast with the likes of Christian Bale and Margot Robbie, the film was generally disliked by critics, and “Amsterdam” is ultimately in the running for biggest flop of the year.
The other big new release of the weekend, “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile,” took the number two spot but also had a disappointing opening, making $11.5 million against its $50 million cost. “Terrifier 2” has had a quietly good weekend, taking in the number nine spot with its $825,000, and has found unexpected love from critics.