(New York) The terrifying Scream VI scared Creed III and took the lead at the North American box office, with $44.5 million in receipts the weekend of its release, according to estimates by the specialist firm on Sunday Exhibitor Relations.

The sixth installment in the acclaimed horror film series is off to the best start in Paramount Studios franchise history since its launch in 1996, according to these Friday-Sunday box office earnings estimates in the United States and Canada.

At the time, Wes Craven’s film, who died in 2015, rejuvenated the genre with a mix of horror and self-mockery, a recipe Scream is still betting on.

For this sixth episode, where the frightening Ghostface rages this time in New York, we find the favorite actress of the series Courteney Cox, but also the star of the Wednesday series, Jenna Ortega.

In the box office ring, Scream VI beat out Creed III, the ninth film in the Rocky boxing saga, and the first without Sylvester Stallone, which raked in $27.2 million.

Creed III still tells the story of Adonis Creed – Apollo’s son – who this time comes out of retirement for a much-anticipated showdown against an old friend. This is the first film directed by Michael B. Jordan, who also plays the title role.

In third place is Sony Studios’ new sci-fi thriller, 65, starring Adam Driver, raking in $12.3 million. Next come Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, the latest in the Marvel series (7 million), then Crazy Bear (6.2 million).

6. Jesus Revolution (5,2 millions)

7. Champions (5,2 millions)

8. Avatar 2: The Waterway (2.7 million)

9. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – On the Way to the Blacksmith Village (1.9 million)

10. Puss in Boots 2: The Final Quest (1.7 million)