Re-releasing 30-year-old cult classics and seeing them outshine blockbuster sequels to major franchises seems to be the new thing The nightmare before Christmas becoming the second in quick succession to achieve what quickly becomes second nature.
That was only a few weeks ago Hocus pocus celebrated its milestone anniversary by jumping back on the broomstick, flying into theaters and blasting the disastrous bomb EXPEND4BLES out of the domestic top 10, but Henry Selick and Tim Burton’s beloved favorite did it a whole lot better.
A profit of $4.1 million from 1650 screens was enough to move forward The nightmare before Christmas to fifth place, which is no easy task. Additionally, two big name sequels, each from a billion-dollar saga, were knocked over a time or two The Exorcist: Believer the only spooky spectacle that didn’t feel the wrath of Jack Skellington.
Of course you can argue that Saw X And The Nun II have already made most of their money, considering its worldwide running total stands at $78 million and a staggering $263 million respectively, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive than the stop-motion title that achieved only modest results in October 1993 and was on the rise down the pecking order.
Jurassic Park The return to multiplex cinemas in the summer also caused a stir. So maybe there’s still time for a few more 1993 phenoms to jump on the bandwagon and see how successful it was.