‘The Grudge’ fails to scare up earnings

The Grudge, a 2020 remake of the famed Japanese horror story, hit theatres on Jan. 3 but has so far failed in all aspects of its release.

On a budget of $10 million USD, The Grudge sought to remake the original Japanese horror story about a woman who was killed, and in her anger and hatred, remained as a vengeful spirit to torment those who live in her home.

The film opened to a dismal $1.5mil on Thursday night previews and has, so far, earned about $5.3mil with Saturday evening and Sunday numbers still to be added.

Critics have torn the film down, citing it as a lazy remake/sequel that doesn’t add anything to the world or story of the originals. The scares are unimaginative, and put plainly – is boring.

What hasn’t helped The Grudge along is going up against Lucasfilm’s Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker which has continued to dominate the box office since its Dec. 20, 2019 release.

The Grudge is written and directed by Nicolas Pesce and produced by iconic horror filmmaker Sam Raimi. The Grudge is now in theatres.

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