The long-awaited horror sequel made a killing at the box office in its opening weekend, raking in $77.5 million in 3,928 locations. That is huge, and easily the biggest opening weekend for any of the principals associated with this film (David Gordon Green, Danny McBride and Jamie Lee Curtis). Halloween had the second-best start for an R-rated horror film after last year's It, and still maintains the second-highest October debut after Venom took that record earlier this month.
Some are obvious narrative references, like when Laurie speaks about the night in 1978 or when a voice recording of Dr. Loomis can be heard, but the far more interesting references are the ones in the form of the film itself. Blumhouse was smart, however, to make the 2018 version a direct sequel to the original, and it helped that it was also very good.
Curtis continued, "I couldn't be prouder of ALL who made this creative experiment have such a thrilling result!".
"Well I guess the [horse] race is on & my competitive streak has kicked into gear", tweeted Curtis, who reprised her starring role as Laurie Strode, facing off against psycho killer Michael Myers. Biggest horror movie opening with a female lead. Second biggest horror movie opening ever. You can also check out GameSpot's interview with producer Jason Blum where he talks about how they were able to convince John Carpenter to return. Critics' reviews have been largely positive, and audiences gave it a B-plus CinemaScore, which is solid for the horror genre.
The movie cost just $10 million to make, before marketing costs, and was projected to debut to as much as $70 million, according to Box Office Mojo.
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Meanwhile "A Star Is Born" held on to second place in its third weekend with $19.3 million. Domestically the biopic has now brought in $29.9 million, a red alert for the mid-budget sized drama (estimated to have a $60 million budget). The Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga drama has grossed $126.4 million from North American theaters and is cruising to break $200 million worldwide Sunday. The film has now brought in $10.6 million at the domestic box office.
In the indie realm, Jonah Hill's directorial debut Mid90s is setting its own little records, giving A24 two of the year's three best opening-frame per-theater averages to date, according to Deadline. Over the weekend the film opened to a massive $75M haul making it the biggest opening for any Halloween film ever.
Another surprisingly strong showing puts October 54.5 percent ahead of the same frame past year, as well as 12 percent ahead of 2014's record month, according to comScore.