This past weekend saw the release of Leigh Whannell’s (Upgrade) The Invisible Man. Despite its very modest budget of between $7m to $10m, it has already proven to be a huge success. So far it’s raked in $29m domestically and a further $20m at the international box office. It doesn’t take a mathematician to figure out that that’s a very healthy return for Blumhouse’s latest venture.
Not only is the latest adaptation of H.G. Wells’ original work doing very well financially, it’s also being received incredibly well by critics and fans alike. It is currently sitting at 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, with an audience score of 88%.
For all those fans of the Universal monster movies it looks as though your luck could be about to change. Despite falling down at the first hurdle with The Mummy reboot in 2017, this smaller scale approach to their monster updates could be the best approach.
Obviously, just one successful film isn’t proof that the formula will work each time, but nonetheless The Invisible Man is being well-received by critics in its own right. The Invisible Man is simply trying to tell an effective story, whereas The Mummy had much loftier ambitions of launching a franchise similar to that of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, to be known as The Dark Universe.
It’s also worth noting that Blumhouse are very pleased with The Invisible Man’s release. Off the back of this weekend they’ve awarded Director Leigh Whannel with a first-look deal for the next two years. This will continue what has been a very productive relationship between the two parties, which has already produced Insidious and Upgrade.
If you haven’t already seen The Invisible Man, starring Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men, Us), then check out the trailer below: