The First Purge, released earlier this month, has returned impressive box office results, particularly overseas. The movie, brought to you by Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions, has raked in about $104.85 million internationally, making it the highest-grossing title in the Purge franchise at the international box office, according to Deadline.
Despite Europe’s attention being largely turned to the World Cup in early July, the movie managed to cash in healthy profits throughout the continent. To be precise: the UK made $6.2 million, France came in at $5.5 million, Spain scored $4.5 million, and Germany $4.4 million. Mexican moviegoers added $5.4 million to the film’s total international box office. All in all, The First Purge is the third movie in the series to break the $100 million threshold.
The Gerard McMurray-directed movie is an origin story of sorts for the Purge Night concept made famous in the franchise’s previous movies. Written by the same guy who wrote the previous three entries, James DeMonaco, the movie explores how the law that allows all crimes during a 12-hour period came to be through a series of flashbacks.
The movies will soon be adapted into an anthology TV series written by DeMonaco and produced by Blumhouse Television and Universal Cable Productions. Gabriel Chavarria, Jessica Garza, Amanda Warren, and Colin Woodell are set to star in the show, and Anthony Hemingway (American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson, American Horror Story, Empire, Shameless) has signed on to direct the series' premiere episode.
"The idea of why I like the idea of a maybe 10-hour TV thing on this, the one thing you really can't do on the films is, just because of mere real estate and time, is you can't get into the nuance and complexity that would drive someone to commit a terrible act on this night," DeMonaco told Cinema Blend in 2016 when the TV show was first announced.