Adam Robitel and Sony/Columbia’s Escape Room left box office projections in the dust this weekend earning $18.2 million and snagging the number two spot overall behind James Wan’s Aquaman.
That’s more than double the film’s estimated budget of $9 million and $4 million over the $14 million it was expected to make cementing it as the first genre box office hit of 2019.
In the film, six strangers find themselves fighting for their lives in a highly immersive and seriously deadly escape room set up by the Minos Organization.
As the challenges become more intense, and their numbers dwindle, they discover that they have more in common than they expected and that’s when the real game begins.
With notes of Final Destination and Cube and hints of Richard Connell’s classic short story “The Most Dangerous Game”, Escape Room is grounded in genre canon, while still carving out its own space and well deserving of it’s box office win.
It’s a fantastic start to a year that promises a feast of horror to satiate even the most rabid fan’s appetites.