Monday Movie Report: Horror Genre Icon Tobe Hooper Dies At 74

An icon of the horror movie genre passed away this weekend.

Tobe Hooper, who directed the 1974 film titled “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” died Saturday at the age of 74 in California. According to Variety, his notable film was shot for less than $300,000 and ended up becoming one of the most profitable independent pictures of the 1970s.

The 1974 flick has since been listed as one of the greatest horror movies of all time by publications including Time Magazine, The Guardian and Total Film.

Other pictures directed by Hooper include a 1986 horror comedy sequel “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2” and “Poltergiest,” which was written and produced by Steven Spielberg. Additionally, he adapted Stephen King’s novel “Salem’s Lot” to a miniseries in 1979.

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At the weekend box office, Hollywood took a hit with an extremely low take. “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” once again took the No. 1 spot, but only earned $10 million. According to Box Office Mojo, the combined gross of the top 12 films failed to earn more than $50 million, which hasn’t happened in an August in 20 years.

Box Office Mojo reports that the entire $64 million gross at theaters was the worst weekend since September 2001. A bright spot, though, was theaters showing the Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor boxing match. The event shown at cinemas was enough for theaters to earn $2.6 million.

The total top five from the weekend was:
1. The Hitman’s Bodyguard – $10,050,000
2. Annabelle: Creation – $7,350,000
3. Leap! – $5,015,500
4. Wind River – $4,410,610
5. Logan Lucky – $4,366,894

Next weekend’s box office is likely to be another slow one, with the indie film “Tulip Fever” being the only new release, opening at just 600 theaters.

On the small screen, meanwhile, are the following pictures:

  • Baywatch, ATMR Rating: 3.0 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 19%
  • Born in China, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 85%
  • My Cousin Rachel, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 76%