Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega lead Scream 6 to its Most Successful Opening Ever

Still from the film Scream 6 starring Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega
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The sixth installment of the iconic Scream franchise has set a new record for global box office receipts, with a staggering $67 million in its opening weekend. The film, starring Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega, is the first in the series to feature two Latina lead actresses and is enjoying positive audience support with a current 92% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The opening weekend performance significantly increased from the previous installment, Scream 5, which opened with $34 million domestically and $20 million internationally.

This success is a testament to the power of representation in Hollywood. The two Latina leads, Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega, gave stellar performances, but the audience response from the Latino community outperformed their population numbers.

Latinos, who make up 19% of the U.S. population, made up 38% of the film’s box office receipts. The film has also achieved success in international markets, setting opening weekend records in 29 countries. This includes the United Kingdom, which opened with $3.3 million, and Mexico, which opened with $2.7 million.

The performance of the film is a loud reminder that films with diverse casts can achieve record-breaking success at the box office and that audiences are hungry for stories with characters who look like them.

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