Hammer’s eery ghost tale The Woman in Black has scored the biggest ever box office opening for one of the studio’s films.
Based on the book by Susan Hill, the film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Arthur Kipps, a lawyer who is forced to leave his young son and travel to a remote village to attend to the affairs of the recently deceased owner of Eel Marsh House.
Working alone in the old mansion, Kipps begins to uncover the town’s tragic and tortured secrets and his fears escalate when he discovers that local children have been dying under mysterious circumstances.
When those closest to him become threatened by the vengeful woman in black, Kipps must find a way to break the cycle of terror.
The film grossed just over $21m and took the the no.2 spot in its three day opening weekend (Fri-Sun) in the US.
Commenting on the success of The Woman in Black, Simon Oakes, President & CEO of Hammer and Vice Chairman of Exclusive Media said: “We are delighted that The Woman in Black has performed so well.
“The fact that a gothic horror has attracted such a large audience on opening weekend shows the demand for elevated and intelligent genre films which Hammer aims to produce.”
Director James Watkins said he was “thrilled that a British ghost story, made with a British cast, crew and investment, is playing so well with American audiences.’”
The Woman in Black will open in the UK on 10 February.