Universal Studios spent a massive $400 million to get the rights for a new horror movie called Exorcist: Believer, which is supposed to be the first part of a scary trilogy. However, things are looking a bit scary for the movie right now because many movie critics are not liking it. On a popular review website, it only got an average score of 27 percent.
It’s not unusual for movies in the Exorcist series to not impress critics. Even though the first movie in 1973 was a big hit, its sequels didn’t do so well with reviewers.
But Exorcist: Believer is different because Universal paid so much money for it. The studio is hoping it will make enough money to make two more movies in the series. Some people think the movie will do well at the box office, with an estimated opening weekend of $30-35 million. Horror movies often do okay, even if the critics don’t like them.
The movie is seen as a big risk because it’s so expensive. Jason Blum, who makes a lot of successful horror movies, said that Exorcist: Believer is the riskiest movie he’s ever worked on because it costs so much. He mentioned that most of the movies he makes are not very expensive, so it’s easier for them to make a profit. But for this one, the bar for success is very high.
The story of the movie is about a man named Victor Fielding, played by Leslie Odom Jr., whose daughter and her friend become possessed. Ellen Burstyn, who was in the original Exorcist movie, also returns to the series.
Some critics didn’t have nice things to say about the movie. One called it the worst horror movie of the year despite praising Leslie Odom Jr.’s acting. Others said it had a lot of ideas but didn’t make sense. However, a few critics did like it.
This movie’s reviews are in contrast to two other low-budget horror movies, Saw X and Talk to Me, which got good ratings from critics. But those movies didn’t make as much money at the box office as Exorcist: Believer is expected to.
Even though the reviews aren’t great, the studio already has plans for more movies in the Exorcist series, so they don’t depend on this one being a huge hit. Horror movie franchises often have ups and downs, and the Exorcist brand has been around for a long time.
It’s uncertain if the movie’s bad reviews will affect its box office performance. But Universal Studios is probably hoping that it does well, given how much they invested in it. However, there’s always some uncertainty in the movie business, and sometimes, even the most carefully planned movies can have surprises.
In the end, Universal might be keeping their fingers crossed for a successful run at the box office, and maybe a few prayers wouldn’t hurt either. Source