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Happy Death Day” picked up $1 million on Thursday night as the low-budget horror film tries to unseat “Blade Runner 2049” from its perch atop the box office.

The pic is a bloody spin on “Groundhog Day.” It follows a college student (Jessica Rothe) who must relive her murder over and over again until she discovers who is responsible for her death. “Happy Death Day” is projected to open to $15 million to $20 million. Universal backed the low-budget film, with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse producing the picture.

Happy Death Day” caps a tremendous year for Blumhouse. In January, the company’s “Split” launched to $40 million, before ending its run with $278.3 million globally. A month later, “Get Out” delivered a $33.4 million debut, going on to pick up $253.1 million in global grosses. The reviews for “Get Out” were so superlative that it’s now expected to be a factor in the Oscar race.

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