The Five Nights at Freddy’s movie has continued the recent trend of game-to-movie success, as the film was #1 at the box office in its opening weekend, bringing in $130+ million worldwide. The film also saw the biggest five-day streaming numbers in Peacock history. Both of these stats point to a fanbase that was incredibly eager to see how the movie adaptation turned out.

One of the people interested in seeing not only the movie itself but the fan reaction was Scott Cawthon, creator of Five Nights at Freddy’s. Turns out Cawthon saw the move in theaters multiple times when it launched, and was quite ecstatic with seeing the fans come out to support it in droves.

Cawthon thanked everyone for making opening weekend such a big success, saying the support was beyond his wildest dreams. If you’d like to see everything Cawthon had to say about the film and public response, you can read his full statement below.

Hey everyone, I thought I’d share a few of my experiences from opening weekend. If you will remember, I planned to go incognito with my glasses (and a beard), and sit in on several showings. No one recognized me, as expected, but I did have some funny encounters.

On Thursday I went to the very first showing at 2PM; not many people were there. But just before the movie started a teenage boyfriend and girlfriend walked in; the girlfriend was dressed as Toy Chica, and they sat right next to me. She was obviously a super-fan (him not so much), and I heard her say as she walked in, “What if Scott Cawthon was in here?” A few seconds later after they sat down, I heard her whisper, “That kind of looks like Scott Cawthon.”, gesturing to me. He glanced over at me then whispered back to her, “Dear, he’s old.” To that I say- Two things can be true at the same time.

Later that day I went to another showing, and five super-fans all came and sat right next to me. I say they were super-fans because they were all dressed up. They sat next to me, talking to each other for a few minutes, then they all casually stood up, scooted a few seats away from me, and sat back down. I swear I put on deodorant… maybe not enough?

Friday evening’s showing was the best. It was a packed crowd and I got to hear everyone cheer and clap. That was a lot of fun. I got up to go to the restroom at one point and I walked past a group of teenagers in the front row. One of them said “Hey, Dad.” Not my son, obviously, but I did reply- “Hey son.” So somewhere out there I have a new honorary son.

I went to another showing Saturday evening. I wore a Security Breach t-shirt. I was standing in line behind a young woman in a Freddy hat waiting for popcorn and drinks, and she turned and looked at me and just said, “I like the shirt!” That made my night.

Anyway, thanks everyone for making opening weekend such a big success. It was beyond my wildest dreams. I do read the comments and critiques, so while I’m glad most people had a great time at the movies, I’m definitely paying attention, and I wanted you all to know that.

[Scott Cawthorn]

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7M ago

My daughter & I both wore purple shirts to go see the movie. She went above and beyond though, buy also wearing a full security guard uniform. We went with my brother's and sister's families as well. It was great!