'Halloween' opening weekend breaks box office records

Ruben Ruiz
October 22, 2018

Universal's reboot of the venerable horror franchise is on track to sell an estimated $77.5 million in tickets at 3,928 theaters in the US and Canada from Friday through Sunday, winning the weekend and scoring the second-highest October opening ever, behind Venom's $80.3 million earlier this month. It also landed the second-highest debut for an October release, set earlier this month by "Venom" with $80 million. The result? An estimated $77.5 million, making it the second biggest October opening ever, narrowly falling short of the $80.2 million opening of Venom just a few weeks ago.

This has easily been the biggest opening weekend for director David Gordon Green and co-writer Danny McBride, and surprisingly, even for Jamie Lee Curtis. Plus, the critics have liked it, the film now at 80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. John Carpenter, who directed 1978's Halloween, is attached to the new film as a creative consultant. It picked up a solid $7.5 million, taking its total earnings to $10.5 million.

An eagerly awaited new "Halloween" movie killed it at the box office, setting weekend records for the popular slasher genre of horror films.

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. The studio had expected an opening north of $50 million.

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A number of well-received indies also made their debuts.

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.

So not only does Halloween continue Hollywood's streak of very successful horror movies, but it proves yet again that (pay attention, executives!) audiences will pay lots of money to see female-led films.

October has never been a particularly strong box office month, but 2018 has helped to change that. It's also the biggest launch ever with a female lead over 55 years old. "The movie-going experience is as viable and relevant as ever".

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