'Halloween' scares up $77.5 million in ticket sales

Cristina Cross
October 24, 2018

David Gordon Green directed "Halloween", which brings back Curtis as Laurie Strode and Nick Castle as Michael Myers and essentially ignores the events of the other sequels and spinoffs aside from John Carpenter's original. Other movies that count as horror with better first-weekend attendances include Hannibal (10.2 million), making Halloween the third-best R-rated title.

That being said, the $77.5 million gross also gives Halloween the second biggest opening ever for a horror movie, falling only behind It.

For all the twists and plot inventions that filmmakers have been throwing at us over the years-from sibling surprises and unwanted backstories to psychic connections and odd cults-the Halloween movies remain popular for one simple reason.

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Curtis starred in the original 1978 movie Halloween, a classic of the horror genre, and reprises her role as survivor Laurie Strode, still fighting masked killer Michael Myers 40 years later. That's the second-best October opening of all time, behind only Venom, which opened earlier this month to the tune of $80 million. That easily beat the old record for a slasher movie, set in 2009 by a reboot of the "Friday the 13th" series, and keeps the industry on a record path for October.

After hauling in $7.7 million on its preview night opening, Halloween was expected to bring in $45 to $55 million during its opening, but it smashed that expectation. The new horror flick, co-produced by Blumhouse and Miramax, cost only $10 million to make. And the direct sequel to the original's reviews happen to be the franchise's best since that first movie. While the last few iterations have been panned, "Halloween" holds a 80 percent average on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ CinemaScore.

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And Venom still appears to be going strong on its third week in cinemas, totaling $18.6 million just behind the Bradley Cooper-starring romantic drama A Star is Born, which co-stars Lady Gaga.

In fourth was another seasonal offering, Sony's Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, at $9.7 million (Sh981 million).

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