'Halloween' slashes franchise record with $77.5 million launch

Emmett Rice
October 23, 2018

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

Halloween is slaying its box office competition. Second biggest October movie opening ever. The film has now brought in $10.6 million at the domestic box office.

As reported by Variety, the flick had the best horror opening ever with a female lead and the highest-grossing debut for a movie with a female lead over 55. Blumhouse was smart, however, to make the 2018 version a direct sequel to the original, and it helped that it was also very good.

The movie sees Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her role as Laurie Strode and picks up 40 years after the original.

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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. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode as does Nick Castle as Michael "The Shape" Myers. "Audiences are responding to movies big and small right now - You can have your cinematic fast food and fine dining all at once right now". The film still has 46 markets yet to open in including France next weekend followed by Australia, Brazil, Italy, Germany and Spain the following weekend and South Korea on October 31. While the last few iterations have been panned, "Halloween" holds a 80 percent average on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ CinemaScore.

For more on the Halloween franchise, check out GameSpot's ranking of the Halloween films.

When it was announced that Blumhouse's Halloween would ignore every previous sequel in the franchise and only address the events of the 1978 original, some fans were upset but mostly it came as something of a relief. The weekend was up almost 72 percent from the same weekend last October and the year to date is up almost 11 percent.

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.

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