They’re creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky, and chances are you love them. They’re The Addams Family, some of pop culture’s most iconic characters, and lovers of everything strange, dark, macabre, or related to the sweet, cold embrace of death.
Gomez, Morticia, and company began life in newspaper cartoons, before starring in a classic TV show in the 1960s. Modern audiences are likely best familiar with the Addams clan via the 1991 film The Addams Family and its 1993 sequel Addams Family Values.
This past weekend, The Addams Family returned to theaters, in the form of a new animated movie. Featuring a star-studded voice cast, the new film received mostly poor reviews from critics, but, according to Deadline, that didn’t make it dead on arrival.
The Addams Family opened to $30.3 million domestically, outperforming both prior live-action films. Reportedly costing the studio only $40 million total – not much for an animated project – a decent profit is now virtually guaranteed before leaving theaters.
Looking ahead to next weekend, the big horror contender will be Zombieland: Double Tap, the sequel to 2009’s Zombieland. It’s biggest contender is Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, but Joker might also try hard to stay atop the field for a third week.