David Harbour’s New Movie Is The Most Popular Film Right Now

By Matthew Creith | Published

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With a bunch of new movies this month releasing to theaters across the country, audiences seemed poised to look for holiday films that satisfy their quest for a bit of Christmas cheer. Stranger Things star David Harbour has been riding high and sleighing the box office competition with his newest film Violent Night, which opened in theaters on December 2. Rotten Tomatoes ranks the film as the most popular option that is currently available to audiences.

Beating out other titles currently available in theaters like Troll, The Menu, and Strange World, the new David Harbour flick Violent Night is seeing great numbers since its debut. The film has so far grossed over $25 million at the box office against a budget of $20 million, and this weekend looks to be another chance for the holiday-themed movie to gain even more momentum among viewers prior to blockbusters like Avatar: The Way of Water opening later this month. Only available in theaters rather than direct to streaming like some other holiday movies from the Hallmark Channel or Netflix, Violent Night is possibly the biggest movie of the month so far and will probably dominate the box office again this weekend.

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David Harbour and John Leguizamo in Violent Night (2022)

David Harbour stars in Violent Night as a former Viking warrior turned Santa Claus who is suddenly responsible for battling mercenaries that take a rich family hostage during the holidays. Directed by Tommy Wirkola and produced by Bullet Train helmer David Leitch, Violent Night first premiered at New York’s Comic Con this past October before reaching theaters last week. The action comedy’s cast includes John Leguizamo, Alex Hassell, Alexis Louder, Cam Gigandet, and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation actor Beverly D’Angelo.

Prior to taking over the box office, David Harbour has become a fixture on Netflix by playing the role of Jim Hopper on Stranger Things. Once regarded as a character actor, Harbour has parlayed his success from Stranger Things into a developing leading man career, appearing in 2019’s Hellboy and joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Black Widow. David Harbour will follow up his starring role in Violent Night by reprising his part of Red Guardian from Black Widow to an ensemble appearance in the upcoming Thunderbolts flick, due to be released in July 2024.

David Harbour will also be reprising the role of Jim Hopper for the fifth and final season of Stranger Things, which is expected to begin filming next year and stream on Netflix by 2024.

Critics have have largely given the David Harbour led Violent Night high marks, with Rotten Tomatoes currently ranking the film with a 71% on its Tomatometer based on 168 critics reviews. A similar observation can be noted for how audiences are reacting to Violent Night, as Rotten Tomatoes reflects an Audience Score of 89%.