‘Smile’ Surpasses $200 Million at Global Box Office

Paramount’s creepy thriller “Smile” hit a scary-good box office milestone, surpassing $200 million worldwide.

After six weeks on the big screen, the film has generated $99.1 million domestically and $103.8 million internationally for a global tally of $202.9 million. It’s a stellar result since “Smile” cost just $17 million to produce.

Variety – November 6, 2022

“The spectacular worldwide performance of ‘Smile’ demonstrates what is truly possible when you deliver a brilliantly sticky marketing campaign on top of a masterfully made high-concept horror film,” said Paramount Pictures president and CEO Brian Robbins. “Thank you to all our creative partners, director Parker Finn, the amazing cast and our best-in-class production, marketing and distribution teams for creating a communal entertainment experience that movie-loving audiences can only find in the theaters!”

Ticket sales for “Smile” are especially impressive because the movie wasn’t initially expected to play in theaters at all. The film, starring Sosie Bacon (the daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick) as a therapist who becomes haunted by hallucinations after witnessing a patient die, was commissioned for Paramount+. But once the movie was widely embraced in test screenings, the studio was encouraged to ditch streaming in favor of a full theatrical rollout.

“Smile” continues a sterling box office stretch for Paramount, which has scored in 2022 with “Top Gun: Maverick,” “The Lost City,” “Scream” and “Sonic the Hedgehog 2.”

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