Barbarian scared up an estimated $10 million in ticket sales, to debut at the top of the box office on one of the slowest weekends of the year.
The R-rated horror film from writer-director Zach Cregger played in 2,340 locations across North America for a per theater average of $4,274, according to Comscore.
The low-budget fright fest centers on a woman staying at an Airbnb who discovers the house she rented isn’t what it seems. The film stars Georgina Campbell, Justin Long, Bill Skarsgård, and Jaymes Butler.
Barbarian’s better-than-expected haul came after it received an excellent 92 percent positive score on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics describing the Disney/New Regency release as “sinister,” “smart” and “wildly entertaining.” Analysts had only expected the film to earn $5 million to $6 million.
Opening in second place this weekend was Bollywood saga Brahmastra Part One: Shiva with $4.4 million. That marked the 4th best Bollywood opening ever in North America, Comscore reported.
Bullet Train starring Brad Pitt and directed by David Leitch came in third place with $3.2 million in its sixth week.
Top Gun: Maverick continued to fly high, landing in fourth place with $3.1 million after 16 weeks in theaters. The sequel starring Tom Cruise has grossed over $705 million in the United States and Canada since it opened.
DC League of Super-Pets rounded out the top five with $2.8 million in its seventh week in theaters.
Check out the box office chart below from Comscore.