Considering the response to horror films in the past few weeks, Paramount has also taken its ‘Smile’ to theaters instead of streaming, and this decision of production seems to be proving to be very beneficial. Parker Finn’s direction has received mostly green reviews from critics and the audience, especially for its direction, performance, sound, and concept. But it’s about the critical response, while the box office performance over well compared to reviews, which is impressive for the production as well.
Is Smile Movie Hit Or Flop?
As per reports, Paramount Pictures ‘Smile’ was released in the USA on September 30, 2022, in over 3600 theaters, collecting $8.23 million on its opening day (including $2 million from Thursday night previews) and $22.60 million on its opening weekend at the domestic box office. Overall, ‘Smile’ has so far collected $105.52 million domestically and $109.30 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $214.82 million.
There’s no question that horror films remain the audience’s choice, with $210 million at the box office against a production budget of $17 million is clearly showing that it’s not only awesome, but it’s too amazing, and according to industry estimates, the production’s gross box office profit from the film exceeds $100 million. ‘Smile’ is a huge financial success for Paramount Pictures, and there’s no doubt that 2022 has been a great year for Paramount, something like this ‘Scream’, ‘Jackass Forever’, ‘The Lost City’, ‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’, and ‘Top Gun: Maverick’.
Even though it is good to hear that ‘Smile’ is a commercial success, the truth is that the makers had no plans to release this film in theaters. A few months back, the production had decided that the film would be seen for streaming, but thanks to the recently released horror films that have made production rethink, and how beneficial re-thinking is, it is in front of everyone.
Discuss the exact critical response, then, ‘Smile’ has received B- Cinemascore with a 6.7/10* IMDb rating based on 63k votes, and on Rotten Tomatoes, it scored 79/100% based on 177 critical reviews.