The Purge is a 2013 American dystopian horror film written and directed by James DeMonaco. 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 in which all crime is legal. The film grossed $89.3 million against a $3 million budget. It was the lowest-budgeted film to hit the top of the box office charts since 1988. The film would become the first installment in The Purge franchise. 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 First Purge is scheduled to be released on July 4, 2018.