Scream 6’s Box Office Record Celebrated By Original Franchise Star
Jamie Kennedy, who played Randy Meeks in the first two Scream movies, celebrates Scream 6‘s recent box office record. After the success of last year’s “requel,” Sam (Melissa Barrera), Tara (Jenna Ortega), Mindy (Jasmin Savoy Brown), and Chad (Mason Gooding) return for a new entry in the hit slasher franchise, this time taking place in New York City. Scream 6, which is directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, hit theaters last week, scoring mostly positive reviews and a franchise-high opening weekend box office haul of $44.5 million.
To celebrate Scream 6‘s box office win, Kennedy took to Twitter to share an enthusiastic message of congratulations to the “Scream Team”. Check out the actor’s tweet below:
Kennedy first appeared in Wes Craven’s 1996 original Scream, a role that he would reprise for the film’s 1997 sequel. In a shocking move, Ghostface kills Randy in Craven’s follow-up movie, a death that would go down in franchise history as one of the more devastating.
Randy’s Legacy Lives On In Scream 6
Randy is introduced as a major film nerd in the first movie, and he subsequently enrolls in a film studies program at Windsor College in the sequel. Kennedy’s character iconically delivers many of the movies’ meta horror speeches, calling attention to tropes and cliches within the genre and pointing out how best to survive. Although Randy may be dead and gone in the Scream universe, his legacy lives on through Mindy and Chad Meeks-Martin, both of whom were introduced in last year’s installment.
Mindy and Chad are Randy’s niece and nephew, respectively. Mindy, in particular, really comes to fill Randy’s shoes in Scream 6, delivering the franchise’s obligatory “laying out the rules” sequence as the cast explores possible Ghostface suspects. It’s through these moments that Scream 6 delves into the meta-humor that the franchise is known for, laying out audience expectations and indirectly talking about the movie itself and how it fits into the larger horror genre.
Randy was very much a fan-favorite character and even screenwriter Kevin Williamson, who wrote the first two Scream movies, has expressed regret about killing him off so soon. Scream 6‘s impressive box office and positive reception is a strong indicator that a seventh film will eventually move forward. It remains to be seen where the franchise will go next, but, hopefully, Randy’s legacy will continue to live on.
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