Wish Upon is a 2017 American supernatural horror film directed by John R. Leonetti, written by Barbara Marshall and starring Joey King, Ki Hong Lee, Sydney Park, Elisabeth Rohm and Ryan Phillippe. The film follows a teen girl who finds a magic box that grants wishes, but kills someone close to her each time.
It was released in theaters on July 14, 2017, by Broad Green Pictures and Orion Pictures, received negative reviews from critics and has grossed $20 million worldwide.
7-year old Clare Shannon is haunted by the memory of her mother’s suicide by hanging. Her father Jonathan, who dumpster dives as a hobby, gives her a Chinese music box as a gift. Clare is able to decipher one of the numerous inscriptions on the box as “Seven Wishes.” She absent-mindedly wishes for Darcie, her tormentor and school bully, to “rot,” at which point Darcie develops necrotizing fasciitis and is admitted into the ICU. That same day, Clare’s dog Max dies in her house’s crawlspace after seemingly being eaten alive by rats. Realizing that the box has the ability to grant wishes, Clare wishes for Paul, a classmate whom she has a crush on, to fall madly in love with her. Paul proceeds to dump his current girlfriend Lola and begins making obvious advances towards Clare. Meanwhile, Clare’s wealthy uncle August dies after slipping in a bathtub and hitting his head. News reaches Jonathan, and Clare makes her third wish of all her uncle’s wealth being transferred to her. Surely enough, Jonathan receives a phone call indicating that Clare has received everything, including her uncle’s mansion. Clare’s neighbor and maternal figure Mrs. De Luca subsequently dies when her hair is caught in a sink garbage disposal unit, snapping her neck.
Clare, still bothered by the inscriptions she cannot translate on the box, consults the help of her classmate Ryan Hui, who harbors feelings for her, and his cousin Gina. They find out that the box can grant seven wishes and when the music ends, “something” is paid. Clare and Ryan head home and Clare spots her father dumpster diving. She makes her fourth wish; that her father will stop dumpster diving and find a better hobby. Jonathan immediately has a personality shift, and takes up playing the saxophone and then finds a new hobby which is playing the saxophone with a band. Soon after, Gina deciphers the meaning of the phrase which says “When the music ends, the blood price is paid.” After she warns Ryan, she dies when she trips and gets her head impaled on a sculpture. Ryan finds her body and confronts Clare about making wishes on the music box, which she denies.
Selfishly enough, she makes her fifth wish to be the most popular girl in school, which eventually happens, and to top that, she and Paul begin dating officially. After understanding the full extent of what Ryan told her, Clare consults her friends Meredith and June, who attempted to talk her into trashing the music box. She is reluctant though because she found out that all her wishes will come undone if she does so. That night, the three go to a school bonfire and scavenger hunt. Clare realizes that Paul has been stalking her and taking photos of her while she sleeps. Freaked out, she breaks up with him on the spot. June almost dies after a fire bull almost crushes her but Meredith is able to pull her to safety in time. The three hang out in the lobby of a hotel where Meredith decides to separate from the two to explore. She uses the elevator to go down but is killed when the cable snaps, crushing her to death.
Clare hides the music box in the vents of her room. Ryan reveals to her that she missed other inscriptions in the box which tell her that after the seventh wish is granted, the music box will claim the life of the owner. Morning comes and after a few attempts to destroy the box, it disappears, reversing all of Clare’s wishes. She loses her popularity, Paul attempts suicide in front of her, Darcie recovers, and they lose their house. Clare discovers that June stole the box and after stealing it back, Clare uses her sixth wish, that her mother had never committed suicide. Suddenly, on her birthday, her mom, alive and well, knocks on her door, with two younger sisters greeting her. Clare rummages through her mom’s paintings and sees a picture of the music box. She concludes that her mom was one of the previous owners of the music box which caused her to commit suicide before.
Suddenly, Clare realizes that her dad will pay the price. Before she can save him, Jonathan gets killed by a chainsaw. Clare uses her last wish to travel back in time to before her father found the box. Clare suddenly snaps awake alongside Max. She calls Meredith, who is alive and well, and her dad is getting ready to go dumpster diving. Mrs. De Luca waves goodbye as Clare goes with Jonathan and Carl to secretly retrieve the music box for good. She asks Ryan to help her dispose of it by burying the box and reciprocates his feeling for her and tells him that she has met his cousin Gina. Suddenly, Clare is killed after she is accidentally run over by Darcie as her friends look on in horror. The music box can be heard after Clare’s death, indicating that her seventh wish to reverse time caused her own demise.
In a mid-credits scene, Ryan prepares to bury the music box, but becomes intrigued by the inscription.
Directed by John R. Leonetti
Produced by Sherryl Clark
Written by Barbara Marshall
Ki Hong Lee
Music by Tomandandy
Cinematography Michael Galbraith
Edited by Peck Prior
Busted Shark Productions
Broad Green Pictures
July 14, 2017
Country United States
Budget $12 million
Box office $20.4 million