Orion has made a triumphant return to theaters with The Prodigy (read our review), an extremely dark and violent horror film in which Taylor Schilling plays a mother concerned about her young son’s disturbing behavior and thinks something supernatural may be affecting him. IT‘s Jackson Robert Scott has a breakout performance as the young child in the film directed by Nicholas McCarthy.
We here at Bloody Disgusting love the film and were hoping it would make waves at the box office, unfortunately, it had a quiet opening to just $6M here in the States. The good news is that the budget is a modest $6M and there are still international numbers set to arrive. The latter will make or break the film’s success as the domestic take (most likely) won’t cover the film’s budget and marketing costs. We’re rooting for it.
The James Cameron-produced, Robert Rodriguez-directed Alita: Battle Angel (read our review) hasn’t opened here in the States yet, but has managed $32M overseas in its opening weekend. This is a solid number had the budget not reached a reported $150-$200M. It’s highly unlikely that the film, starring Rosa Salazar as a revived female cyborg, will manage to recoup its massive budget and marketing costs. It needs a global run of $500M-$600M to even have breathing room around the collar. Ouch.
In specialty news, Lords of Chaos, the vicious, unapologetic, and riveting true story of the birth of Norwegian Black Metal managed $28k in just four theaters, which is a $7,000 per screen average. Not too shabby. This must-see dramatic thriller stars Rory Culkin (Scream 4) as Euronymous and Emory Cohen (The Place Beyond the Pines) as Varg as two members of Mayhem, a group of friends with a flair for publicity, church-burning and murder.