"This is the 11th Halloween movie and it's bigger than any of the other Halloween movies". Earlier in the month, superhero movie "Venom" was the biggest-ever October debut, with $80.3 million. Halloween smashed the franchise's previous record holder, Rob Zombie's 2007 remake of the '78 original, which took in $26 million United States dollars.
The studio also says it's the biggest movie opening ever with a female lead over 55, in star Jamie Lee Curtis.
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Following behind Mid90s in the indie circuit are Melissa McCarthy's Can You Ever Forgive Me? which raked in $150,000 in five locations, and Paul Dano's directorial debut Wildlife, which opened to $105,614 in four locations.
North American moviegoers really like to be scared, and Universal gleefully accommodated them this weekend as its new release Halloween registered an impressive $76.2 million (Sh7.7 billion) in ticket sales, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations reported Monday. There are plenty of homages to the first film, from the signature floating shots that follow Michael's killing spree to Carpenter's insistent 5/4 semitonal score, revisited here by the maestro in collaboration with his son, Cody Carpenter, and godson Daniel Davies. It's also the second-best R-rated horror movie opening of all time (IT, released previous year, holds that title) and the best opening for any movie in the Halloween franchise, of which there have been 11 (!) entries, all of which the latest movie acts like never happened, at least until the next reboot. On a $10 million budget, the film earned a total of $91.8 million, including worldwide openings.
‘Halloween’ grabs one of the biggest horror openings ever
David Gordon Green directs the latest " Halloween ", but original director John Carpenter serves as executive producer. A Star Is Born kept strong this weekend and took the number two spot at the box office with $19.3 million.
The film, which carries a tiny, $10 million production budget, features Jamie Lee Curtis in her iconic role of Laurie Strode and beyond landing well with critics in advance of release, it was equally successful with audiences, earning a "B+"CinemaScore, which is a strong grade for a horror film". In its third weekend in theaters, it collected $18.1 million, bringing its domestic total to $171.1 million.
Green and McBride have such a great affection for the original that they've not only commandeered several slasher film tropes (INVENTED in the first film, for the most part) and put them right back, essentially, where they started-and used them highly effectively-they've also paid homage to John Carpenter by referencing his beloved Bowling Green and Warren County. Meanwhile "A Star Is Born" held on to the second place spot for its third weekend with $19.3 million.
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And that's not including the $14.3m (£10.9m) made in overseas box offices, either.