Debuting in wide release this weekend was the critically acclaimed Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. Some fantastic reviews seemed to have sparked significant early interest in the picture, but that interest certainly didn’t translate at the box office; the feature sold just over $8 million in tickets for a third place debut.
Those aren’t terrible numbers, especially for this specific time of year, but it’s an underwhelming debut all the same. The meager turnout signals conclusive punctuation to a disappointing summer for the horror genre.
Check out the box office top 10 estimates below!
1. The Help: $14,333,000
2. Colombiana: $10,300,000
3. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark: $8,689,000
4. Rise of the Planet of the Apes: $8,650,000
5. Our Idiot Brother: $6,588,000
6. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World: $5,727,000
7. The Smurfs: $4,800,000
8. Conan the Barbarian (2011): $3,100,000
9. Fright Night (2011): $3,029,000
10. Crazy, Stupid, Love.: $2,905,000