Despite bad reviews, ridicule, memes, and extremely negative word of mouth on social media, The Strangers: Chapter 1first installment of a trilogy inspired by the horror franchise The Strangers of Lionsgatefrom the director Renny Harlin (Cliffhanger, Deep Blue Sea, Die Hard 2), has broken a box office record.

With the premiere concluded, box office reports report that Chapter 1 It has become the highest-grossing premiere of a horror film so far in 2024 in the national box office (United States).

The Strangers: Chapter 1 had a weekend of premiere of $11.8 million dollars from 2,856 theaters, beating Blumhouse's Night Swim ($11.7 million):

Below, the premiere box office for horror projects in 2024:

  • The Strangers: Chapter 1 – $11.8 mdd
  • Night Swim – $11.7 mdd
  • Abigail – $10.2 mdd
  • Imaginary – $9.9 mdd
  • The First Omen – $8.3 mdd
  • Tarot – $6.5 mdd
  • Immaculate – $5.3 mdd
  • Lisa Frankenstein – $3.6 mdd

The budget of Chapter 1 It was $8.5 million, so it is very likely that within a few days it will already be profitable for the studio.

The trilogy was launched in September 2022. It is based on the original 2008 cult film by Bryan Bertino, of which Harlin has confessed to being a fan.

Chapter 1 focuses on the leading couple played by Madelaine Petsch (Riverdale, Jane) y Froy Gutierrez (Cruel Summer, Hocus Pocus 2, Teen Wolf), giving life to Maya and Ryan, a newly engaged couple, who ventures on a road trip. When their car breaks down, they are forced to spend the night at a secluded Airbnb in the woods, where three masked strangers terrorize and attack them from dusk to dawn, without warning or reason.

Prior to the theatrical release, Harlin assured the audience that the trilogy will carve its own path, with Chapter 1 setting a course and the aftermath, Chapter 2 y Chapter 3expanding the story in new and unexpected ways.

Harlin complemented on the projects:

“Sin trying to trivialize it or explain it too much, the second and third films are an exploration of where it came from [todo]. More than anything, they are an exploration of what could happen to a person, in this case, a young woman, who is the victim of such senseless violence. What effect does that have on you mentally and physically, and what is your journey after that? It's an exploration of that more than anything. And I think we'll answer a lot of the questions that fans of the original have and then go much further. At the end of the third film, there really are more questions than answers.

Importantly, the villains of the original, Dollface, Pin-Up Girl and Man in the Mask, are back.


A young couple drives across the country toward a new beginning; Unfortunately, they have no choice but to stop at an isolated Airbnb in Oregon and endure a night of terror against three masked strangers.

The script was co-written by Alan R. Cohen y Alan Freedland (The Freak Brothers, Due Date).


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