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Blair Witch writer, director react to poor opening

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Chris Helcermanas-Benge

Blair Witchthe sequel to 1999’s Blair Witch Project, didn’t quite impress when it opened this weekend with an estimated $9.7 million, but the film’s writer and director are trying to have a sense of humor about it.

“Well, our horror film may have been a disappointment at the box office this weekend, but at least we got overwhelmingly negative reviews,” writer Simon Barrett tweeted Sunday. The film currently has a 37 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

“Bro I told you we shoulda made that movie about the boring guy who landed a plane in water instead,” director Adam Wingard replied, referring to the recently released Sully, which has fared well: The Tom Hanks-led drama opened at No. 1 with $35 million last weekend, and kept the top spot this weekend with an estimated $22 million.

Barrett later clarified that he’s “hugely proud” of Blair Witch. “But if you can’t be sardonically maudlin on Twitter,” he tweeted, “I’m totally unclear what this site is for.”

Wingard and Barrett previously teamed up for horror movies including 2014’s The Guest and 2011’s You’re Next, among others. Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez directed the original Blair Witch Project, written by Sánchez and Jacob Cruse. See Wingard and Barrett’s tweets below.