Horror film Come Play topped a weak Halloween weekend box office, after debuting with just $3.1 million.
The thriller from writer-director Jacob Chase brought scares to theaters via a monster named Larry that uses smart phones and tablets to spread terror.
The Focus Features release opened in 2,183 theaters across North America and earned $1,443 per location, according to Comscore. But with only 49 percent of the nation’s cinemas currently open, Larry wasn’t able to do much damage.
Movie theaters in the nation’s two biggest markets — Los Angeles County and New York City — remain closed indefinitely. With coronavirus cases rising in record numbers in many parts of the U.S., some moviegoers are avoiding theaters.
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Elsewhere at the pandemic-plagued box office, the Liam Neeson action film Honest Thief slipped to second place this weekend with $1.3 million, for a total of $9.5 million.
Family comedy The War With Grandpa starring Robert De Niro and Uma Thurman landed in third place with $1 million, bringing its four-week total to $11.2 million.
Christopher Nolan’s time-bending thriller Tenet was fourth with $885,000, bringing its 10-week take of $53.8 million. It now has a worldwide haul of $347.1 million.
Fifth place went to The Empty Man, which earned $561,000 in its second weekend of release. Its two-week take is $2.2 million.