I, like many of you I’m sure, grew up reading Alvin Schwartz’s excellent Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book series, which sported beautifully grotesque illustrations by Stephen Gammell. At long last, those stories have made it to the big screen.

Well, kind of. As we now all know, the new Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark movie isn’t an anthology adapting the different stories, but instead invents an overarching plot that incorporates elements of many of the greatest tales from the books.

Thankfully, it seems most people like the film, myself included. Critics also enjoyed it, which no doubt helped the box office. Speaking of which, Deadline reports that Scary Stories opened at a solid #2 domestically, right behind action spinoff Hobbs & Shaw.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Scary Stories earned $20.8 million for the weekend, besting other summer 2019 horror openings for the likes of Annabelle Comes Home, the Child’s Play remake, Ma, and Crawl. While the movie’s not quite profitable yet, it’s likely to get there easily.

Going forward, next weekend sees shark sequel 47 Meters Down: Uncaged release, while the week after plays host to dark horror comedy Ready or Not. September 6th sees the titanic IT: Chapter Two arrive. 2019 continues to offer lots of horror options.