The Exorcist turns heads at the North American box office

Patrick John

10/9/20231 min read

According to figures released on Sunday by the specialized company Exhibitor Relations, the sequel to The Exorcist tops the American box office fifty years after the original with earnings of $27.2 million during its debut weekend in theaters. David A. Gross, the firm's analyst, noted that The Exorcist: Devotion had a "good first weekend for a sequel to a horror film," despite the production's generally negative reviews.

The movie, like the original, has characters who are haunted by mysterious powers, have scars on their faces, and are surrounded by sometimes eerie music. Ellen Burstyn, from the 1973 production, makes an appearance in the movie. Devotion was originally set to hit theaters on Friday, October 13, but Universal Studios moved forward its release date to avoid competing with Taylor Swift's Eras World Tour movie, which was scheduled for the same weekend.

According to cinema operator AMC, pre-sales for this movie during Swift's tour have already surpassed $100 million globally.

The next installment of the Paw Patrol puppies' escapades, which made $11.8 million from Friday to Sunday, drops to second place as The Exorcist: Devotion takes the top spot. The voice actors for the super-powered dog characters in this animated movie include American actor and comedian Chris Rock and former tennis champion Serena Williams.

Then another horror movie, Saw X, with 8.2 million dollars in revenue and mostly favorable reviews, the science fiction thriller The Creator with 6.1 million, and The Blind, which is about reality TV star Phil Robertson's inner difficulties, come in that order.