Jamie Lee Curtis Revives ‘Halloween’ With a Record Debut

Cristina Cross
October 23, 2018

Weekend estimates for Halloween indicate a total of $80.5 million gross from Thursday to Saturday, making it the second-highest domestic horror opening of all-time and the biggest October horror opening ever. Suddenly, the film was on track to beat the Venom record of an $80 million opening weekend, the most ever for an October film.

Internationally, Halloween brought in an estimated $14.3 million from 23 markets, with Mexico leading the way with a chart-topping $4.9 million opening followed by the U.K. & Ireland ($3.6m), Russian Federation ($1.79m) and Indonesia ($1.09m). The reboot/sequel (reborquel) to John Carpenter's 1978 original brought back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode; had the original movie's director, John Carpenter, as executive producer; and brought in the talented David Gordon Green to handle directing duties while working from a script by Danny McBride. Halloween cost just $US10 million, before marketing costs, marking another win for Jason Blum and Blumhouse Productions, who co-financed the film with Miramax.

It also marks second biggest debut for a horror film behind last year's "It", which had a $123 million opening. Critics' reviews have been largely positive, and audiences gave it a B-plus CinemaScore, which is solid for the horror genre.

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20th Century Fox's adaptaion of the book The Hate U Give opened in wide release and took in $7.5 million across 2300 theaters (an expansion of two thousand new screens).

Venom's domestic total was brought to $171.1 million, with $461.8 million worldwide from a $100 million budget.

Warner Bros. Pictures' A Star is Born held onto the second place position once again with another $19.3 million., dropping just 32.2% weekend to weekend. But Halloween still crushed the box office, taking home a wildly impressive $77.5 million over three days.

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The new Halloween movie crushed the competition at the US/Canada box office this weekend. It's also the biggest Blumhouse debut, beating out Paranormal Activity 3 ($52.5 million), and according to Forbes "is the fourth-biggest horror movie/scary movie launch ever (sans inflation) behind only It ($123m), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ($150m) and Jurassic World ($208m)". A24's coming-of-age skateboarding drama expands nationwide next weekend.

Overall box office is up 10.6 percent year-to-date, according to ComScore.

The surprising returns for "Halloween" mark another win for Hollywood, which is up 10.6% from the same point past year, according to comScore.

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