Universal Pictures launched its new approach to its vault of classic monster characters this past weekend as Blumhouse Productions’ The Invisible Man arrived in cinemas, with the horror reboot debuting to a solid $49.2 million worldwide in its opening weekend.
Domestically, the Leigh Whannell-directed film topped the box office charts with $29 million (just $2.5 million less than the The Mummy debuted to back in 2017), and added a further $20.2 million internationally.
Given that the Tom Cruise-headlined Mummy reboot had a reported budget of $195 million compared to The Invisible Man’s $9 million, Universal is presumably delighted with the decision to scrap its shared Dark Universe plans (and Johnny Depp casting) and enlist Blumhouse for this project.
Blumhouse founder Jason Blum has already expressed his interest in making more Universal Monsters movies, and given the success of The Invisible Man – both financially and critically – one would assume that it’s only a matter of time until he gets his wish.
Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass (Elisabeth Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister (Harriet Dyer, NBC’s The InBetween), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge, Straight Outta Compton) and his teenage daughter (Storm Reid, HBO’s Euphoria).
But when Cecilia’s abusive ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House) commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turns lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia’s sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.