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'Freddy's' scary good cinema debut

by Jake Perez, Editor at LinkedIn News

"Five Nights at Freddy's" scored a terrifyingly solid start at North American cinemas, raking in an estimated $80 million in its first weekend — a new Halloween weekend record and the biggest horror debut so far this year. But what makes "Freddy's" launch even more impressive is that the movie premiered simultaneously on Peacock, and it apparently delivered there, too: Universal, the studio that distributed "Freddy's," says it had the biggest opening for the streamer, and it has been Peacock's biggest subscription driver since its release on the platform Thursday night.

  • "Freddy's" notched the third-biggest horror movie debut, behind 2017's "It" ($123.4M) and "It Chapter Two" ($91M).

  • It's also the second-biggest opening for a video-game movie, behind "The Super Mario Bros. Movie" ($146.3M), and just ahead of "Sonic the Hedgehog 2" ($72M).

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