Paramount and Spyglass’s Scream, starring Melissa Barrera, David Arquette, Courtney Cox and Neve Campbell, cut up $3.5 million in Thursday previews. The first three Scream movies opened way before midnight previews, let alone Thursday night screenings, were a par-for-the-course offering for essentially every movie. Scream 4 opened with $1 million in midnight previews in April of 2011, leading to a disappointing $8.2 million Friday and $18.7 million opening weekend. While I’d expect any “part five” sequel to a 25-year-old fan-driven franchise, especially one predicated on twists and turns, to be a little frontloaded, the film has the marketplace essentially to itself over the four-day Martin Luther King Day weekend.
Moreover, reviews are mostly positive (76% fresh and 6.5/10 on Rotten Tomatoes), and those who showed up last night seem to have enjoyed themselves. If you recall, right before everything went to hell Bad Boys for Life was another legacy