"Halloween" Launches With Massive $77.5M Opening Weekend

24 October, 2018, 05:02 | Author: Sheri Evans
  • New 'Halloween' Has A Record Breaking Opening Weekend

It also landed the second-highest debut for an October release, set earlier this month by "Venom" with $80 million. The movie earned $77.5 million in its opening weekend.

"Halloween", which is a direct follow-up to the original "Halloween" and skips over the sequels in between, has been well-received by critics, with an 80 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Producer Jason Blum was thrilled, saying, "I am enormously proud of this film". The horror genre is one of the most enduring in Hollywood, even as the box office has become more challenging, with titles regularly breaching expectations.

In the film, Curtis reprises her role of Laurie Strode from the 1978 original.

Reuniting Jamie Lee Curtis and the world created by horror filmmaker John Carpenter, the film collected an estimated $77.5 million in theaters in the US and Canada, ComScore Inc. said in an email Sunday.

In high spirits after Halloween's box office success - the $US10 million ($14.1 million) film took a better-than-expected $US77.5 million before its Australian opening on Thursday - Curtis noted that it had the best opening weekend for a horror movie with a female star.

It makes it the biggest debut ever for a horror film with a female lead, and the biggest debut ever for any film with a female lead over 55.

What did you see at the movies this weekend? It picked up a solid $7.5 million, taking its total earnings to $10.5 million.

"This is the 11th Halloween movie and it's bigger than any of the other Halloween movies".

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga's new movie, A Star Is Born, held on to the second spot for its third weekend with approximately $19.3 million. The studio had expected an opening north of $50 million.

Rounding out the top five were Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween and First Man, which earned $9.7 and $8.5 million, respectively. It placed sixth with $7.5 million after nearly unanimous recommendations from critics.

At the specialty box office, Jonah Hill's directorial debut, "Mid90s" secured the best screen average this weekend with a massive $62,375 from four theaters, a total of $249,000.

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