M3GAN Slays the Box Office With $45M Earned at the Global Box Office, Sequel in Development
The film that has been the talk of social media for months now due to its genius marketing campaign finally hit theaters last weekend and M3GAN, to nobody’s surprise, slayed the box office weekend numbers with a global box office earning of $45M.
The film follows a young woman who takes guardianship of her young niece after an accident takes the lives of both her parents, dealing with the difficulties of balancing her demanding job and offering care to her niece. Circumstance leads to the horrifying murder doll M3GAN entering their home and the humorous, cringy, and entertaining events that unfold have led to the film killing it at the box office worldwide.
The film also became the first real contender to Avatar: The Way of Water but did fall into the second spot as the film by James Cameron continues to dominate the box office. Puss in Boots: The Lat Wish nabbed the third spot in the past weekend’s box office falling down from second to M3GAN. The more exciting news is that the horror film managed to exceed its estimated $17-$20 million predicted earnings and has earned more than enough to cover its $12M production costs.
Deadline has also reported that “there are already plans” for a sequel, and also an unrated version of the film that is even gorier than the theater release. Screenwriter Akela Cooper spoke to the Los Angeles Times, noting that at no fault to the studio, there is an unrated version on the books with a higher body count:
“No shade to Universal, love them, and I understand that once the trailer went viral, teenagers got involved and you want them to be able to see it. There should be an unrated version at some point. I heard it is on the books. But yes, it was way gorier. Her body count in the script was higher than in the movie.”
M3GAN gave us a new killer doll that is sure to be the face of a long-standing franchise that Cooper and everyone involved can push to heights in the likes of the Child’s Play franchise. The cleverness of the film and the genius blend of tension, gore, and dark comedy created a wonderfully sadistic entry to what I hope is a franchise in the making.
The facelift to this dark comedy horror genre that introduces the technology and dependency on that technology was refreshing and didn’t overpower the exploration and deep storytelling given by Cooper’s script. The film absolutely razzles and dazzles and was pure blissful entertainment from beginning to end.
M3GAN is currently available in theaters.