The Foo Fighters’ new slasher comedy movie, Workshop 666, had a rather insignificant opening weekend at the box office. While it was the only new movie to be released nationwide last week, the movie earned less than $2 million with a total domestic gross of $1.58 million. According to Box Office Mojo, Workshop 666 still managed to land at number 8 for highest-grossing movies of the week, despite being shown in a total of 2,306 theaters. However, given a number of key details, this box office “flop” isn’t exactly a surprise, nor does it represent the bulk of what the Foo Fighters (incidentally Dave Grohl) were trying to achieve. transmit with Workshop 666.
First and foremost, the film never felt commercialized or aimed at a large audience. Strip away the horror and comedic appearances of Whitney Cummings, Will Forte, and Jeff Garlin, and much of what remains is a film aspiring to be a cult classic among rock and heavy music fans. In fact, based solely on its marketing which was quite limited on its own, Workshop 666 seems to hit a similar beat to cult movies like Tenacious D and Spinal Tap. Between its cameos from Slayer’s Kerry King, a plot revolving around fictional metal band Dream Widow, and some hilarious bad actors from the members of Foo Fighters, Workshop 666 is a dream come true for a fairly specific group of people.
In fact, even the film’s main star, Dave Grohl, has openly discussed the low-key nature of the project’s set-up. According to Loudwire, during the process of writing the Foo Fighters 2021 record Medicine at midnight, the band had already rented a house to record the album when Grohl received a call to make the film. “I thought, well, wait a second, we already have the house. We might as well set up cameras once we’re done with the record and make a very low budget slasher movie,” Grohl said. “After decades of ridiculous music videos and numerous music documentaries under our collective belts, it was finally time to take it to the next level – a feature-length horror-comedy.”
Overall, it’s pretty clear that Workshop 666 was intended to be a fun Dave Grohl passion project and a cult classic at best for lovers of rock and cheesy horror movies. The movie’s gross box office gross certainly doesn’t compromise what it aspired to be, and that’s part of what actually makes Workshop 666 so good.