For a current offshore total of $20 million, Universal’s action comedy Violent Night gained $2.3 million this past weekend from foreign markets. The movie has grossed about $35 million domestically and $55 million worldwide as of this weekend, according to estimates from the domestic box office in the United States. Avatar: The Way of Water and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever are two enormous tentpole movies, so this is a fantastic performance for a movie that reportedly cost $20 million to make.
The movie, which stars David Harbour as a Santa Claus with Viking influences, scored a strong B+ CinemaScore from viewers on opening day, which undoubtedly helped it run well at the box office for more than two weeks at this point. In 46 nations, the movie has outperformed rival Universal action comedy Nobody, most recently doing so in Germany and France. Nobody, the John Wick-inspired film series starring Bob Odenkirk, finished its global run with over $57 million against a rumoured $16 million budget. It should be mentioned that the movie came out during a riskier period for theatres last year due to the pandemic.
In a few days, Violent Night will surpass Nobody’s worldwide take, and it should end up earning a tidy sum of money for Universal. The movie has all the makings of a future cult classic, so the studio made the right choice to release it in theatres. We look forward to its digital release. Tommy Wirkola, who is perhaps best known for helming the two Dead Snow movies, is the director of Violent Night. With the critically panned but commercially successful Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, starring Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner, he made his Hollywood debut. All things considered, Violent Night may prove to be a useful insurance plan for Harbour after Stranger Things, as his previous attempt to acquire a franchise for himself was unsuccessful.
Along with John Leguizamo as Scrooge, the mercenaries’ leader, the movie also stars Alex Hassell as Jason Lightstone, Alexis Louder as Jason’s divorcée Linda, and Leah Brady as their daughter Trudy. Trudy develops an emotional bond with Santa and helps him out greatly as he tries to get rid of the intruders. Alva Lightstone is portrayed by Edi Patterson, Morgan Lightstone by Cam Gigandet, and Gertrude, the ruthless matriarch of the Lightstone family, is portrayed by Beverly.