Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions have done it again. Their latest offering, The Purge, took the box office over the weekend by earning $34.1 million domestically. The news might have surprised some, but not anyone familiar with Blum's track record, which includes such high-grossing genre films as Paranormal Activity, Sinister and Insidious, all of which were made for a few million dollars and turned into big earners.
The official Blumhouse Twitter account announced the continuation of the story: "The Purge 2 is in development @UniversalHorror #ThePurge."
The Purge stars Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder and Adelaide Kane as a family holed up in their house on the one night a year when the government allows all crime for 12 hours without any penalty. Unfortunately for them, a homeless man hides out in their house as well, one that's wanted by a group of crazies intent on laying siege to the building until they get their man.
It's unknown whether writer and director James DeMonaco will return or if the new film will explore more of the Purge world, but we don't expect Universal Pictures to take too long before making some announcements.