Universal and Jason Blum’s microbudgeted thriller The Purge — starring Ethan Hawke and Game of Thrones‘ Lena Headey — is headed for a stunning $38.4 million opening after topping the Friday box office with a mighty $16.7 million.
From writer-director James DeMonaco, The Purge — costing a mere $3 million to make and already making its budget back — is set in a future where one night a year all crime is legal. The film received a C CinemaScore, not unusual for the genre.
The Purge is the first title to be released through Universal’s partnership with Jason Blum, the producer behind the Paranormal Activity franchise and Insidious. Blum produced the movie with Michael Bay, Sebastien K. LeMercier and Bay’s colleagues at Platinum Dunes, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller.
Top Five Friday Night Box Office Films:
1. The Purge – $16,700,000
2. The Internship – $6,550,000
3. Fast & Furious 6 – $6,100,000
4. Now You See Me – $6,050,000
5. Epic – $3,600,000