Six strangers attempt to survive a deadly series of the title here in the horror pic EscapeRoom, out next Friday. It’s my first box office prediction for a 2019 feature and it comes from Adam Robitel, best known for directing 2018’s sequel Insidious: TheLastKey (which was my first projection for this current year). Cast members include Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Taylor Russell, Tyler Labine, Jay Ellis, and Nik Dodani.
The market could certainly be ready for a fright fest, but whether EscapeRoom hits that spot for genre fans is questionable (especially with Glass coming two weeks later). The aforementioned Insidious entry had the benefit of being part of a successful franchise. It opened to just over $29 million almost one year ago.
I’ll estimate that this achieves less than half of that number with the caveat that horror flicks can manage to outdo expectations in January.
EscapeRoom opening weekend prediction: $13.8 million
Looking for the teen dramatic thriller version of GroundhogDay? It appears you can find it next weekend when BeforeIFall debuts. Based on a 2010 YA bestseller by Lauren Oliver, the pic centers on a teen (Zoey Deutch) living the final day of her life repeatedly. Costars include Halston Sage, Logan Miller, and Jennifer Beals (yep, the star of Flashdance!).
Fall premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to some positive reviews and it sits at 64% currently on Rotten Tomatoes. That said, the Open Roads release isn’t expected to rise much with audiences. The marketing campaign has been rather low key and I suspect a mid to possibly high single digits opening is the probable result.
BeforeIFall opening weekend prediction: $5.3 million