Thriller fans can mark the fifth “Purge” movie on their calendars. Universal Pictures announced this week that the untitled film will release on July 10, 2020. While details are slim, Platinum Dunes and Blumhouse Productions are teaming up once again to produce the movie, along with creator James DeMonaco.
“The Purge” franchise survived through four films by keeping their budgets relatively low, while still improving box office gross year-to-year. The first film in the franchise cost roughly $3M to make and pulled in over $89M worldwide. James DeMonaco wrote and directed the first installment, which featured Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey. The sudden success of the first film earned the franchise a sequel, and while a new crop of actors joined the story, James DeMonaco returned to the directing chair. “The Purge: Anarchy” released in 2014 and made $111M on an estimated $9M budget. Frank Grillo took over directing for “The Purge: Election Year” in 2016, which made $118M on a $10M budget. Gerard McMurray directed “The First Purge” on 2018, a prequel to the other stories, which made $136M on an estimated $13M budget.
As of right now, “The Purge 5” will battle Sony Pictures’ new “Ghostbusters” reboot, but that might change before we get to July 2020. Other big movies set in July 2020 include Universal Pictures’ animated comedy “Minions 2,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “Disney’s Jungle Cruise,” and the Sony Pictures’ “Morbius” movie.
Since “The First Purge” hit theaters in 2018, the franchise has moved to television. SYFY hosted season one of “The Purge,” and the series was renewed for season 2 in November 2018. Blumhouse Television and Universal Cable Productions produce the show, which averaged 2.3M viewers in Live+7 ratings. Since that time we haven’t heard much from the series, but with a new film on the way, the show could see a boost in ratings when it returns.
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