This Friday the 13th, there are no major horror movies opening in theaters, as family sequel “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” and Dwayne Johnson’s action film “Skyscraper” will face-off at the box office. This is the first time that a horror movie hasn’t opened on a Friday the 13th since 2015 – which had 3 Friday the 13ths (February, March and November) – but NO horror movies opened on any of those days.
Here’s how the Friday the 13th horror movies have fared since (according to Box Office Mojo .com):
May 13, 2016: “The Darkness”
Opening Day: $2.1M
Opening Weekend: $5M
January 13, 2017: “The Bye Bye Man”
Opening Day: $5.4M
Opening Weekend: $13.5M
October 13, 2017: “Happy Death Day”
Opening Day: $11.7M
Opening Weekend: $26M
April 13, 2018: “Truth or Dare?”
Opening Day: $8.3M
Opening Weekend: $18.7M
The next Friday the 13th isn’t for 14 months – until September 2019 (with the animated “Spies in Disguise” and a Richard Cutis comedy), followed by another one that December (currently occupied by the “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” sequel and… a Blumhouse horror movie).
Lights Camera Jackson (a.k.a. Jackson Murphy) began his career as a film critic/entertainment reporter in 2006 at the age of 7. Jackson has written nearly 1,000 reviews of new releases. All together he has seen more than 1,500 films. In 2010, Jackson became the youngest person to win a NY Emmy Award, for his on-air movie reviews on Time Warner TV station, Capital News 9.
Jackson is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. The BFCA’s annual Critics Choice Awards is one of the industry’s most respected awards shows. Jackson is also a member of SAG-AFTRA. He votes annually for the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
LCJ appears every Friday morning on WGNA-FM . His movie reviews are also posted on his website, his YouTube channel and the popular website Cultjer.com. He is also a contributing writer for Jerry Beck’s AnimationScoop.com. Jackson hosts the weekly internet pop culture news show “LCJ LIVE” (every Sunday at Noon ET). And “The LCJ Q&A Podcast” features interviews with celebrities and filmmakers.