The Blackening is bringing some elements of blaxploitation with it over the Juneteenth Holiday. Not too shabby at all. The film earned $1 million over Thursday alone and then just began to add momentum to that over the course of the weekend.
The end result was an impressive $7 million made over a fairly small amount of time. Surely, Lionsgate is happy about what the slasher was able to scare up.
The synopsis for The Blackening goes like this:
The Blackening centers around a group of Black friends who reunite for a Juneteenth weekend getaway only to find themselves trapped in a remote cabin with a twisted killer. Forced to play by his rules, the friends soon realize this ain’t no motherf****** game. Directed by Tim Story (Ride Along, Think Like A Man, Barbershop) and screenplay and screen story by Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip, Harlem) & Dewayne Perkins (The Amber Ruffin Show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine), The Blackening skewers genre tropes and poses the sardonic question: if the entire cast of a horror movie is Black, who dies first?
The film stars Grace Byers, Jermaine Fowler, Melvin Gregg, X Mayo, Dewayne Perkins, Antoinette Robertson, Sinqua Walls, with Jay Pharoah, and Yvonne Orji.
The Blackening is now in theaters!