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“Violent Night” grossed $1.1 million in thursday previews

“Violent Night” grossed $1.1 million in thursday previews

“Violent Night” grossed $1.1 million in thursday previews

“Violent Night” grossed $1.1 million in thursday previews

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  • Violent Night made $1.1 million in Thursday previews in 3,000 cinemas across the U.S.
  • The film stars Stranger Things’ David Harbour as a brutal Santa.
  • Black Panther is expected to make another $25 million this weekend.
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Violent Night is here to spread some gruesome holiday cheer. In its first day of previews on Thursday in 3,000 theatres across the country, the action-comedy, which stars Stranger Things’ David Harbour as a ruthless Santa, made $1.1 million.

This is fantastic news for the holiday movie, which cost only $20 million to produce. Violent Night was predicted to earn around $10 million in its opening weekend earlier in the week.

This gives the movie a chance to make around $15 million, though it’s still more likely that it will be close to that amount.

Even with an additional $25 million in its fourth weekend of release, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever won’t be able to take home the top spot at the box office.

Universal, however, should be very pleased with Violent Night’s hot cocoa start. One reason is that a Christmas movie is desperately needed this holiday season at the box office.

This year, the majority of Christmas-themed movies have once again gone straight to streaming, but that only helps Violent Night. It’s the only significant Christmas movie hitting theatres this year, despite its R rating.

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The overwhelmingly positive reviews and word-of-mouth may be the reason for the high preview numbers.

Two weeks prior to Violent Night’s scheduled wide release, Universal held advance screenings of the movie because they were so confident in it. In today’s world, that is unusual.

Violent Night is a genuine Christmas classic, which certainly contributed to Universal’s clever marketing of this absurd hard-edge Santa story.

This film completely flips the script on what a Christmas movie can be, just like Black Christmas, Batman Returns, and Die Hard did before it. In essence, this is John Wick with Santa Claus.

It combines the heart of a timeless classic like Home Alone or Miracle on 34th Street with all the blood-soaked gleeful madness you’ve come to expect from those movies.

The cast is consistently delightful, the action is amazing, the gore is fantastic, the direction is as sharp as a broken candy cane.

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Harbour commits to all the insanely fun sleigh riding action and makes the ideal rated-R Santa, while John Leguizamo consumes all the milk-dipped cookies for one memorable Scrooge-like villain.

This is a new holiday classic that must be seen in theatres to be believed, and so far, moviegoers are responding to this specifically action-packed Santa.

While we wait for the official weekend box office numbers to be released. Rudolph, hurry to the theatre to see Violent Night right away.

You can watch the movie’s trailer down below.

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