‘The Visit’ Conjures Frightening Numbers With Horror Fans

The Visit opened to great box office numbers in its early debut. The movie was labeled as another potential dud for writer-director M. Night Shyamalan, but grabbed the attention of enough horror fans to settle into second place, upon early calculations.

After a series of critical and fan disasters, Shyamalan decided to fund The Visit himself. Blumhouse Productions picked up the effort and should be quite pleased with the early tally. With two days to go in the weekend listings race, The Visit has pulled in $9.22 million, according to numbers posted by Box Office Mojo. Blumhouse Productions is an American film company which specializes in low-budget, high yield films. If numbers continue to improve, The Visit will be another great investment for the company.

Though critics predicted weak numbers for the latest Shyamalan project, The Visit made over one million in revenue on Thursday night. If the projections by Deadline hold up, The Visit could pull in as much as Ouija, another Blumhouse horror film.

The Visit is a found-footage film that tells the story of teen siblings, Rebecca and Tyler, who spend a weekend with their grandparents, while their mother takes a vacation with her new boyfriend. No spoiler alert. Although somewhat predictable and campy, The Visit delivers the kind of creepy moments and date night chills needed for a good horror movie.

Nana and Pop Pop are seemingly harmless Grandparents by day. But as night falls, the kids are told to stay in their rooms past 9:30 p.m. They’re also told to avoid the basement, because it’s contaminated with some type of toxic mold. The Visit sets the stage for eerie and gets moving rather quickly.

Over the next few days, Tyler and Rebecca notice strange things happening with their grandparents. Rebecca decides to ask what’s going on and the fireworks begin. The movie becomes a shock-fest as Rebecca and her brother film the weird occurrences.

Filmed on a relatively low-budget $5 million, The Visit is getting Shyamalan his best reviews since Signs in 2002. Like most horror films, The Visit is a front-loaded production that will make most of its revenue during midnight showings and on Friday and Saturday. That will give the movie a chance to triple its cost, by the end of the weekend.

Though The Visit may not impress all of the critics waiting on M. Night Shyamalan’s glorious return to fame, it will give the unassuming movie goer an escape.

After all, isn’t that what movies are all about?

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