‘Halloween’ Kills Competition with Historic $80M Debut

Lula Sharp
October 23, 2018

According to reports, the latest installment of the franchise earned approximately $77.5 million in ticket sales at the domestic box office.

That being said, the $77.5 million gross also gives Halloween the second biggest opening ever for a horror movie, falling only behind It. Its second-best opening for an R-rated film lags only behind It, which bowed a year ago with a whopping $123.4 million.

The new Halloween movie crushed the competition at the US/Canada box office this weekend.

This is to say: Halloween's success is a big deal and will hopefully show that audiences would love to see more female protagonists over 55, and more female-led horror, and more over-55-female-led-horror!

The new Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green, who previously helmed the Seth Rogen stoner movie Pineapple Express, as well as the Sandra Bullock film Our Brand Is Crisis.As mentioned, Jamie Lee Curtis returns to play Laurie Strode as she yet again fights against the masked murdered Michael Myers. "The movie-going experience is as viable and relevant as ever". Blumhouse was smart, however, to make the 2018 version a direct sequel to the original, and it helped that it was also very good.

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I should point out that Halloween only had a budget of $10 million, making it already more profitable than many of its peers.

It's been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. The follow-up has garnered some of the best reviews for a series entry yet.

Rounding out the top five this weekend are Warner Bros'. music-driven romance A Star Is Born, with about $19.3 million; Sony's superhero movie Venom, with about $18.1 million; Sony's kid-friendly chiller Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, with about $9.7 million; and Universal's Neil Armstrong biopic First Man, with about $8.6 million.

Oddly enough, while it seems like the movies are having an unbelievable October, this month is still quite low compared to many other years, even with one more weekend and 10 whole days left to go. This coming Friday's openers aren't too promising, either, though Halloween should have a strong second weekend ahead of the titular holiday next Wednesday.

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