When The Call opened at #2 in March with a $17.1 million opening weekend it surprised quite a few people, mainly because Halle Berry hadn’t had a hit in a number of years (Cloud Atlas did so-so) and the R rating put a limit on who could actually see the film.
Despite this The Call has held strong over the weeks and it is expected to make around $50 million by the end of its US run, plus there’s the international roll out over the upcoming months. As the film cost just $13 million to make it’s already a hit for Sony, and a sequel to The Call may be on the cards.
According to Variety the thriller, directed by Brad Anderson, is WWE Studios’ top-grossing film to date (they co-produced and financed with Troika Pictures while TriStar distributed) and WWE Studios head Michael Luisi is now considering the prospects of The Call 2, saying the film “exceed our most optimistic forecasts”.
The Call follows Halle Berry’s character as a 911 operator, so the sequel could follow a number of paths as 911 operators have to deal with many situations. However, as the formula works I wouldn’t be surprised if they stuck with the serial killer storyline (played by Michael Eklund in the film) and play up the scares, which was one of the key selling points for audiences.
Berry is currently gearing up to play Storm once again in X-Men: Days of Future Past (which will have to work around her recently announced pregnancy), so a sequel to The Call could enter development late-2013 or early 2014.