The Purge is a 2013 American dystopian horror film written and directed by James DeMonaco and is the first installment in The Purge franchise. The film stars Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Adelaide Kane and Max Burkholder as a family held hostage during "The Purge," which is a 12-hour time period where all illegal acts are de-criminalised.
Despite mixed reviews, the film was commercially successful, grossing $89.3 million, far surpassing its $3 million budget. It was the lowest budget film to hit the top of the box office charts since 1988. A sequel, titled The Purge: Anarchy, was released worldwide on July 18, 2014, to even greater success. A third movie, titled The Purge: Election Year, was released July 1, 2016. A fourth titled, The Purge: The Island is scheduled to be released on July 4, 2018.