2022's Best Box Office Trend Is Massive For Horror's Future

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Original horror movies have been some of 2022's biggest sleeper hits and their box-office success proves theater exclusive releases still have a home.

2022 has been huge for horror movies, particularly those released exclusively in theatres, and this is exciting news for the future of the genre. Horror cinema is having a moment. From Scream 2022 to Halloween Ends, multiplexes are packed with new contributions to some of the genre’s biggest franchises and these releases are mostly proving to be financial successes.


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However, original horror movies without franchise connections are faring even better. The Jordan Peele sci-fi horror Nope earned $171 million over the summer, while The Black Phone managed to make almost as much despite its meager budget of $17 million. Even smaller indie releases like director Damien Leone’s cult slasher sequel Terrifier 2 have done incredible business, with that controversial hit making over $2 million and stirring up massive controversy despite a limited release. None of these numbers would be possible without these horror movies prioritizing exclusive theater releases, which seems to be a trend in 2022’s most successful horror outings.

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