Mostly budgeted horror films have been proven to be box office gold and Blumhouse’s R-rated remake of the Invisible Man seems to have been huge a win for Universal.
Studio estimates via Deadline are pointing to the horror remake earning $29 million domestically and $20.2 million overseas.
Considering the film’s budget was $7-9 million it’s an excellent start for the modern reimagining of the classic H.G. Wells novel.
You might remember that the project originally was part of Universal’s cinematic universe titled Dark Universe that was launched with Dracula Untold and more concretely with Tom Cruise’s The Mummy.
However, when that project turned out to be a critical and financial blunder they pumped the breaks on multiple films including a Bride of Frankenstein movie starring Javier Bardem and Angelina.
Another project was an Invisible Man film starring Johnny Depp, that ended up getting scrapped and handed over to Blumhouse leading to Leigh Whannell getting his hands on it.
There is a good chance that Universal Pictures sees that investing in smaller budgeted horror films could lead to less risky ventures when building up these horror remakes.
They’re reportedly developing projects with directors Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) tackling Dark Army and Dexter Fletcher (Rocketman, Sherlock Holmes 3) being tapped to make a Reinfield movie along with rumblings that Sam Raimi was wanted for a newer incarnation of The Bride of Frankenstein.
Leigh Whannell recently signed a first-look deal with Blumhouse according to TheHollywoodReporter and producer Jason Blum has suggested once the Invisible Man is released they’ll consider developing other remakes featuring the Universal Monsters.
Other projects that were in various stages of development include The Wolf Man, The Creature From The Black Lagoon, and Van Helsing.
Universal’s next big horror release will be MGM’s Candyman spiritual sequel on June 12th.