Smile’s streaming release date has been revealed, following an extremely successful box office run. Smile follows Dr. Rose Cotter (Sosie Bacon), who begins to see stuff she cannot explain after witnessing the disturbing suicide of one of her patients. It is an expansion of director Parker Finn’s 2020 short film, Laura Hasn’t Slept. Smile, that also stars Jessie T. Usher, Caitlin Stasey, Kyle Gallner, Kal Penn, & Rob Morgan, has grossed over $200 million worldwide since its September release, exceeding its modest $17 million budget.
Smile’s official streaming release date has now been confirmed by Paramount. Smile will be available on Paramount+ and across digital platforms beginning today, November 15, in the United States and Canada, for those who have yet to see it in theaters. Smile will be available in most Paramount+ markets outside of the United States in 2023, though no specific date has been confirmed.
2022 Was A Fantastic Year For Horror Films & Smile Topped It All
This year has seen horror arise as the fan-favorite genre among moviegoers, with several horror films topping the box office. While 2022 has become a big year for horror sequels like Scream and Halloween Ends, original concepts like Jordan Peele’s Nope and Smile have shone through. Smile has well and truly established itself among the genre after far exceeding all expectations & consistently holding its own at the box office, becoming the highest-grossing horror film of 2022, and its audience is only expected to grow as it moves to streaming.
Smile’s enormous success has sparked much speculation about a potential sequel, as well as the film’s director has already responded to these calls for a sequel. After the final moments of Smile left the door open for a potential Smile 2, Finn expressed his desire not to retread the same plot, so for him to keep moving forward with Smile 2, it would need to follow a story as surprising as its predecessor. Finn’s cautious approach is understandable, as is his desire to produce a worthy sequel. Nonetheless, with Smile having made such a remarkable box office haul, Paramount will most likely be eager to revisit this property while it is still fresh in the minds of the audience.
Horror fans who haven’t yet seen Smile are undoubtedly intrigued by the film’s success, and they now have the perfect opportunity to see what all the fuss is about. With Smile set to begin streaming, all eyes will be on its debut, because it will be interesting to see if it can continue to captivate audiences a month and a half after its initial release. While Smile 2 is almost certainly already in the works at Paramount, a strong streaming debut could be just what these discussions need to move forward.
Source: Paramount + and Paramount Home Entertainment