R | | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
America's third political party, the New Founding Fathers of America, comes to power and conducts an experiment: no laws for 12 hours on Staten Island. No one has to stay on the island, but $5,000 is given to anyone who does.
The poster for the film shows a picture of a red hat with the slogan "The First Purge." This is a reference to President Donald Trump's red "Make America Great Again" hat which was used throughout his presidential campaign.
Staten Island covers roughly 60 square miles. Most of the African Americans and Latinos live in a narrow strip near the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. The film, however, shows them running around all areas of the island, including some areas which are MILES away from their homes.
In the theatrical release, there was a second mid-credits scene, which was an ad for The Purge (2018) on the USA Network. This does not exist on the DVD/Blu-ray home video version.
Spanish, English, French
€538,255 (Italy) (8 July 2018)
$69,086,325 (USA) (6 September 2018)