The modestly budgeted film clicked with audiences in its July 22 North American debut, posting a strong opening weekend and holding its momentum for a current domestic gross of $63.1 million. This, combined with an estimated cumulative international return of $41.7 million, brings its global box office total to more than $100 million to date, with openings still ahead in Europe and Asia.
Sandberg takes his first bow as a feature director on “Lights Out,” following a catalog of horror shorts that has generated an enthusiastic internet fan base, including the one that inspired the film. The success of “Lights Out” also marks another crowd-pleasing and critical nod for Wan, whose credits include the global box office hits “The Conjuring,” “The Conjuring 2,” and “Annabelle.”
The filmmakers’ next collaboration is “Annabelle 2,” set for release on May 19, 2017, with Sandberg again at the helm and Wan producing.
In making the announcement, Kwan Vandenberg said, “Congratulations to our colleagues at New Line, director David F. Sandberg and to the cast and producers who made ‘Lights Out’ such a thrilling experience at the movies. It’s a concept everyone can relate to, and audiences around the world have been responding in kind. With so many markets yet to open, there is still much more to come.”
A tale of an unknown terror that lurks in the dark, “Lights Out” stars Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander DiPersia, with Billy Burke and Maria Bello.
When Rebecca (Palmer) left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin (Bateman), is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie (Bello), has reemerged. But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger…once the lights go out.
“Lights Out” is directed by David F. Sandberg, from a screenplay by Eric Heisserer, based on Sandberg’s own short film. James Wan, Lawrence Grey and Heisserer served as producers, with Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter and Richard Brener as executive producers.
Sandberg’s behind-the-scenes team included director of photography Marc Spicer, production designer Jennifer Spence, editors Kirk Morri and Michel Aller, and costume designer Kristin M. Burke. The music was composed by Benjamin Wallfisch.
A New Line Cinema presentation of a Grey Matter/Atomic Monster production, “Lights Out” is being distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.