After a successful opening weekend, Insidious: The Last Key can now be added to Blumhouse’s list of growing box office successes. The fourth entry in James Wan/Leigh Whannell’s Insidious franchise has scared up $29 million domestically. Combined with overseas ticket sales, the film currently stands at $49 million gross. With a budget of $10 million, it’s another smash hit for the series.
2017 was considered to be one of the strongest years for the horror genre in some time, with most of the credit going to Get Out and IT. Even though our favorite genre still tends to get snubbed by the establishment, The Last Key looks to continue the winning trend, for horror in general and the series specifically. Every installment of Whannell’s story has managed to generate very respectable grosses on minuscule (for Hollywood) budgets. If this opening weekend is any indication, a fifth Insidious film can’t be far away.
Insidious: The Last Key is a Blumhouse Productions release, who are also riding high as of late. 2017 was a good year for the still-young company. Their releases included Split, Get Out, The Belko Experiment, Happy Death Day, and Creep 2. Blumhouse won’t be resting on their success however. 2018 plans include Truth or Dare, a new Purge film, and the much-anticipated Halloween reboot.
It’s been well-advertised that horror films generated over $1 billion at the box office in 2017. There’s a lot of fun and freaky stories to look forward to in the new year, and we’re hopeful that the genre success will continue. It’s unlikely that horror films will get much in the way of recognition come awards time, apart from a few standouts.