‘Halloween’ grabs one of the biggest horror openings ever

Lula Sharp
October 22, 2018

That's good for the second-biggest October opening in history, only behind Venom, which made $80.3 million for its first weekend earlier this month.

The horror flick beat an opening weekend record for slasher movies set by the 2009 reboot of "Friday the 13th", which brought in $40.6 million. While not a huge worldwide opening, it was enough to bring the film's opening weekend haul to an impressive $91.8 million - something that's made all the more impressive by the film's $10 million budget.

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Overseas, the film kicked things off with $14.3 million across 23 markets, leading in Mexico with $4.9 million and following behing in the United Kingdom with $3.6 million, bringing its global pull to $91.80 million.

The film, which carries a tiny, $10 million production budget, features Jamie Lee Curtis in her iconic role of Laurie Strode and beyond landing well with critics in advance of release, it was equally successful with audiences, earning a "B+"CinemaScore, which is a strong grade for a horror film". Plus, the critics have liked it, the film now at 80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The executive, known for making "Paranormal Activity" a billion-dollar franchise, said he was talking with many female directors in the wake of the controversy. The Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga drama has grossed $126.4 million from North American theaters and is cruising to break $200 million worldwide Sunday.

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So what led to the Halloween franchise delivering such a gargantuan take at the box office? The film totaled $8.6 million on its second weekend in cinemas and ended up in a awful fifth place behind Goosebumps 2.

It was a particularly busy week at the box office as critically acclaimed films such as the young adult adaptation "The Hate U Give" and the Robert Redford swan song "The Old Man & The Gun" expanded nationwide after a few weeks in limited release.

Halloween is slaying its box office competition. At the top was Jonah Hill's directorial debut "Mid90s", which opened in four theaters with $249,500 (or a $62,375 per theater average).

Second biggest October movie opening ever.

It's hard to say it any other way: Michael Myers made a killing at the box office this weekend.

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