Smile: Parker Finn’s Horror Film Tops Box-Office (Debut Feature)

Smile: $19M Opening

A new horror film from Paramount is scoring at the box-office.

Parker Finn’s debut feature Smile scared up strong $8.2 million from 3,645 theaters on Friday (including $2 million in previews), for a projected $19 million opening, ahead of expectations and easily enough to win the weekend.

The movie, which cost just $17 million, is about a therapist (Sosie Bacon), who meets a graduate student (Caitlin Stasey) who recently witnessed a gruesome suicide.

Kyle Gallner, Robin Weigert and Kal Penn co-star.

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Smiles mask deeper, more troubling intentions in this harrowing film about a demonic spirit that latches on to its victims’ traumas.

Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling is falling off steeply in its sophomore outing. The New Line film earned $2.4 million on Friday from 4,121 locations for a projected $7.4 million weekend, a 62 percent drop.

Tri-Star’s The Woman King should come in No. 3 with $6.2 million from 3,504 cinemas in its third weekend.

Nicholas Stoller’s high-profile Bros, the first gay romantic comedy from a major Hollywood studio (Universal has been widely lauded for taking on the project).

The movie, which cost a modest $22 million to make, looks to open in fourth place, with $4.8 million from 3,350 theaters after earning $1.8 million on Friday.

Starring Billy Eichner, Bros was liked by critics after its world premiere at the 2022 Toronto Film Fest. It presently boasts a glowing 95 percent critics’ score on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences gave it an A CinemaScore.

The film’s top 10 markets are all in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, while it is underperforming in much of the middle of the country.

The big upset of the weekend is the sweeping Indian epic PS-1Ponniyan Selvan Part One, which is eyeing $4.2 million from 500 locations.