MANILA, July 11, 2016 – Performing beyond expectations at the Philippine box-office, Universal Pictures’ “The Purge: Election Year” opened to a jaw-dropping P25.8-million weekend, easily outgrossing the final total receipts of its two predecessors – combined!
The previous films in the violent suspense-thriller franchise – 2013’s “The Purge” and 2014’s “The Purge: Anarchy” – posted a combined cumulative gross of P16-million after their entire run. “Election Year” has already surpassed that figure by 64% on its first five days of release alone, and the film isn’t showing signs of slowing down.
This achievement becomes even more impressive when one factors in the film’s prohibitive R-16 rating, which resulted in fewer cinemas that agreed to exhibit it.
Produced with a budget of only $10-million, the third “Purge” movie’s global gross now stands at a whopping $60.3-million.
Expanding the universe introduced in the hit franchise that electrified the culture and earned $200 million at the worldwide box office, “The Purge: Election Year” reveals the next terrifying chapter that occurs over 12 hours of annual lawlessness sanctioned by the New Founders of America to keep this country great.
It’s been two years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night. Now serving as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), his mission is to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive until dawn…or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state.
Once again returning to collaborate with franchise creator James DeMonaco on “The Purge: Election Year” are the series’ producers: Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (“Insidious” and “Ouija” series, “The Visit”), Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” series, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”), and writer/director DeMonaco’s longtime production partner, Sébastien K. Lemercier (“Assault on Precinct 13”).
Now playing across the Philippines, “The Purge: Election Year” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.