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While Scream 4 disappoints, Insidious is the most profitable movie of 2011

04.27.2011

SCREAM 4 turned out to be something of a disappointment at the box-office, to the point where Dimension, who had be planning two more sequels, has put the kibosh on any future installments of the once-popular franchise. But before you start worrying that horror is dead, there is the continuing success story of INSIDIOUS. An original horror film budgeted at just $1 million and bringing in $45 million in the US alone, it has already become the most profitable movie of the year so far.

INSIDIOUS has yet to open in England and South America, which means by the time it's all said and done, estimates have it that the film will probably gross about $150 million worldwide. Pretty good for a movie that was shot independently on a shoestring budget. The film has been getting great word-of-mouth, which has helped keep the film going strong at the box-office while other projects are dipping over 50%.

So does this mean there's a franchise budding? Considering that the creators of INSIDIOUS are James Wan and Leigh Whannell whose SAW went on to seven films and Oren Peli who is producing the third PARANORMAL ACTIVITY film, this seems pretty likely. There are no plans as of yet but whenever a microbudgeted horror film does this well at the box-office, a sequel is almost always a sure thing.

It also cements the careers of Wan and Whannell who struggled with DEAD SILENCE but have now created two strong horror franchises. Neither are particularly great movies but they're both good and have caught on with audiences in a big way and sometimes that's all that matters.

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7:11AM on 04/28/2011
While I like anything that will help studios put money behind new ideas (I'm over dosed on comic book movies)
I don't want twelve more Insidious movies. It started creepy enough but got silly at the end. (kinda like the first Saw)
While I like anything that will help studios put money behind new ideas (I'm over dosed on comic book movies)
I don't want twelve more Insidious movies. It started creepy enough but got silly at the end. (kinda like the first Saw)
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1:23AM on 04/28/2011
I got enjoyment out of Scream 4 but I much preferred Insidious, it was far creepier and much more fun, and frankly I'm sick of horror sequels and remake s and all.
I got enjoyment out of Scream 4 but I much preferred Insidious, it was far creepier and much more fun, and frankly I'm sick of horror sequels and remake s and all.
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12:35AM on 04/28/2011

Good thing.

Not only horror but the movie business in general is in HUGE trouble. Hollywood should start making lower budget original pictures like Insidious to try to regroup. Its movies like this that maybe the saving grace for all of us.
Not only horror but the movie business in general is in HUGE trouble. Hollywood should start making lower budget original pictures like Insidious to try to regroup. Its movies like this that maybe the saving grace for all of us.
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11:50PM on 04/27/2011
Loved both movies. But I'd also like to take this space to say Dead Silence is criminally underrated. Yes the twist in Dead Silence was a little hammy, but it was a damn creepy movie.
Loved both movies. But I'd also like to take this space to say Dead Silence is criminally underrated. Yes the twist in Dead Silence was a little hammy, but it was a damn creepy movie.
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10:02PM on 04/27/2011

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Weird time when a million dollars is considered "shoestring budget."
Weird time when a million dollars is considered "shoestring budget."
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7:18PM on 04/27/2011

Loved Insidious

But Scream 4 has more rewatchability. It takes work to sit through and rewatch Insidious, unlike Scream 4. Wanna know how retarded this entire post is though? Lets basH Scream for "over doing it" but lets hope that Insidious becomes a new franchise? Are you shittin' me? Insidious was great old-school horror. Scream 4 was great satire horror. Both are what they are, bit please don't pit one against another. PEOPLE CAN LIKE BOTH FOR WHAT THEY ARE, YOU KNOW.
But Scream 4 has more rewatchability. It takes work to sit through and rewatch Insidious, unlike Scream 4. Wanna know how retarded this entire post is though? Lets basH Scream for "over doing it" but lets hope that Insidious becomes a new franchise? Are you shittin' me? Insidious was great old-school horror. Scream 4 was great satire horror. Both are what they are, bit please don't pit one against another. PEOPLE CAN LIKE BOTH FOR WHAT THEY ARE, YOU KNOW.
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5:36PM on 04/27/2011
It was excellent! Glad to hear it's doing so damn well!
It was excellent! Glad to hear it's doing so damn well!
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4:31PM on 04/27/2011
Insidious was a far better movie than Scream 4 which was just plain awful.

I have recommended to friends to go see Insidious and sure enough not one of them didn't enjoy it.

As for Scream, I told everyone not to go see it. The ones who did go see it anyways felt like they got 12$ robbed from them.
Insidious was a far better movie than Scream 4 which was just plain awful.

I have recommended to friends to go see Insidious and sure enough not one of them didn't enjoy it.

As for Scream, I told everyone not to go see it. The ones who did go see it anyways felt like they got 12$ robbed from them.
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2:55PM on 04/27/2011
Insidious was the better movie
Insidious was the better movie
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1:39PM on 04/27/2011

Good movie, but...

Isn't it only April? There's 8 more months of movies that could end up being the most profitable movie of 2011. Why is this crown handed out now?
Isn't it only April? There's 8 more months of movies that could end up being the most profitable movie of 2011. Why is this crown handed out now?
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4:37PM on 04/27/2011
most profitable movie of 2011 SO FAR....thought that was pretty much understood.
most profitable movie of 2011 SO FAR....thought that was pretty much understood.
12:29PM on 04/27/2011
But add 20-25 million for the mass marketing of the movie. You can create an amazing budget movie or a low budget. If it has the proper marketing it will likely go far, if not it will tank.
But add 20-25 million for the mass marketing of the movie. You can create an amazing budget movie or a low budget. If it has the proper marketing it will likely go far, if not it will tank.
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11:32AM on 04/27/2011
Good news for Insidious. I was never really a Wan fan, but I enjoyed it even if it did borrow a lot from Poltergeist. I'd prefer not to see a sequel based on what happens at the end, though I'm sure they'll go for one.
Good news for Insidious. I was never really a Wan fan, but I enjoyed it even if it did borrow a lot from Poltergeist. I'd prefer not to see a sequel based on what happens at the end, though I'm sure they'll go for one.
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11:04AM on 04/27/2011

Great news...

...but I hope Insidious doesn't turn into a franchise. I just hope this goes to show that there is a market for good original movies breaking into the top 10. It also shows that you don't need a mega budget to make a good movie.

Insidious was shot for $1mil? That flick looked better than movies with 50x the budget.

Going back to original movies in the top 10. Look at this week's top 10:

Insidious, Hanna, Source Code, Rio, and Hop are all original flicks, not sequels, remakes or based
...but I hope Insidious doesn't turn into a franchise. I just hope this goes to show that there is a market for good original movies breaking into the top 10. It also shows that you don't need a mega budget to make a good movie.

Insidious was shot for $1mil? That flick looked better than movies with 50x the budget.

Going back to original movies in the top 10. Look at this week's top 10:

Insidious, Hanna, Source Code, Rio, and Hop are all original flicks, not sequels, remakes or based on a book / graphic novel / comic property.
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11:34AM on 04/27/2011
Good point.
Good point.
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10:57AM on 04/27/2011

Scre4m superior to Insidious

I saw both of these movies in the theater and while I enjoyed them both, I've gotta say that Scream 4 was much better. Insidious isn't bad. It's fun and it's pretty scary. But Scream has a much wittier script, it's characters are more likable and it is incredibly funny and scary. It also makes an important social commentary and feels very "now". Insidious is fun enough, but the acting is sub-par and it just feels like an old B-movie. Whatever the box office ends up being, those are my two cents.
I saw both of these movies in the theater and while I enjoyed them both, I've gotta say that Scream 4 was much better. Insidious isn't bad. It's fun and it's pretty scary. But Scream has a much wittier script, it's characters are more likable and it is incredibly funny and scary. It also makes an important social commentary and feels very "now". Insidious is fun enough, but the acting is sub-par and it just feels like an old B-movie. Whatever the box office ends up being, those are my two cents.
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4:37PM on 04/27/2011
Scream is by far one of the worst horror movie, scratch that, I mean worst movie period in a long time. It sucked on so many levels.
And the box office returns do not lie, there's ain't much love for Scream 4.

Oh, and "wittier script"? "characters more likable"? Did you take drugs before Scream 4?? I bet you did.
Scream is by far one of the worst horror movie, scratch that, I mean worst movie period in a long time. It sucked on so many levels.
And the box office returns do not lie, there's ain't much love for Scream 4.

Oh, and "wittier script"? "characters more likable"? Did you take drugs before Scream 4?? I bet you did.
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10:56AM on 04/27/2011
The movie surprised me when I saw, but afterwards i reading everything about it. The movies creeped the shit out of me, and it's success is well deserving. Love it when genre flicks that are well put together, and make the money they deserve too.
The movie surprised me when I saw, but afterwards i reading everything about it. The movies creeped the shit out of me, and it's success is well deserving. Love it when genre flicks that are well put together, and make the money they deserve too.
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10:16AM on 04/27/2011
I find it amazing how well this is doing. I haven't had a chance to see it, but that's because my local theater pulled it after literally just the first weekend. Maybe it's just my area that got rid of it, but yeah, screw my local AMC. They're still showing Your Highness for some reason and that tanked.
I find it amazing how well this is doing. I haven't had a chance to see it, but that's because my local theater pulled it after literally just the first weekend. Maybe it's just my area that got rid of it, but yeah, screw my local AMC. They're still showing Your Highness for some reason and that tanked.
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9:52AM on 04/27/2011
Movie looks really good and have heard nothing but great things.

I really have to get to the theater ASAP and see this.
Movie looks really good and have heard nothing but great things.

I really have to get to the theater ASAP and see this.
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4:43PM on 04/27/2011
Go see it! Support a "low" budget effort instead of a crappy movie like Scream 4. You won't regret it!

And give the second half a chance. at first it seems weaker than the first one, but them BAM! it comes back strong. But the ending, like at the very very end, yeesh, they kinda screw that up imo...
Go see it! Support a "low" budget effort instead of a crappy movie like Scream 4. You won't regret it!

And give the second half a chance. at first it seems weaker than the first one, but them BAM! it comes back strong. But the ending, like at the very very end, yeesh, they kinda screw that up imo...
9:50AM on 04/27/2011
Insidious rocked and if this means more films from Wan (who is one of my favorite directors at this point) than I couldn't be more excited.
Insidious rocked and if this means more films from Wan (who is one of my favorite directors at this point) than I couldn't be more excited.
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