Smile has surpassed the $200 million mark globally, becoming the year’s highest-grossing horror film. Parker Finn’s feature debut stars Sosie Bacon as Dr. Rose Cotter, who witnesses a frightened emergency room patient commit suicide after being possessed by a weird entity. Following that, she begins experiencing horrifying pictures of people—both unknown and familiar faces—staring toward her with a horrible grin. The film also stars Jessie T. Usher, Kyle Gallner, Caitlin Stasey, Kal Penn, and Rob Morgan.

Smile debuted at number #1 at the box office on September 30, beginning off an incredibly good run for the original horror concept. In addition to its strong debut, the film’s week two decrease was only 22%, the highest second-week retention for a horror movie since Jordan Peele’s Get Out in 2017. Its incredible box office success includes the fact that its fourth weekend grossed more than Halloween Ends, the culmination of Blumhouse’s slasher legacy sequel trilogy.

According to Variety, Smile grossed $202.9 million worldwide this weekend, with $99.1 million earned domestically and $103.8 million earned internationally. This remarkable performance places it as the 19th highest-grossing film of the year, just under DC League of Super-Pets. In addition to that accomplishment, the movie is the highest-grossing horror movie in a year with exceptionally strong horror returns, even surpassing the franchise installments Halloween Ends and Scream 2022. Furthermore, while Nope outperformed Smile in the domestic market, its weaker overseas success put it only two spots lower on the overall list.

Is Smile 2 in the works?

Smile surpasses $200 million in box office and becomes 2022's highest grossing horror film

So yet, there has been no announcement from Paramount about whether or not a Smile 2 would be made. However, the film’s ongoing success with audiences throughout the world is owing to their enthusiasm in continuing the story, which was adapted into a short movie named Laura Hasn’t Slept that Finn premiered in 2020. Given that the horror picture had a very modest budget of approximately $17 million, there is a significant motivation to make the property into a franchise.

It appears that a sequel to the film will be released sooner rather than later. However, producers may be negotiating contracts and squabbling about where the plot might continue from here. The ending of Smile hints that the tale will continue in a specific path, but it’s feasible that a prospective Smile 2 will contain a time leap or a different location and explore the continuation of the curse in an altogether new setting.

Source: Variety