New Halloween Movie Opens To A Huge Box Office Number

Carla Harmon
October 22, 2018

Serving as a direct sequel to John Carpenter's original 1978 Halloween, the new film ignores the nine other sequels and remakes and picks up 40 years later, with Jamie Lee Curtis's battle-scarred heroine Laurie Strode preparing for her inevitable rematch with masked killer Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney).

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.


That means director David Gordon Green's sequel/reboot is not just the highest-grossing film in the decades-spanning Halloween franchise, but the biggest opening for a slasher movie ever, adjusted for inflation. It is also the biggest installment from the franchise and the second-biggest debut for a R-rated horror feature behind September 2017's "It", according to Box Office Mojo.

Meanwhile, Deadline reports that Venom's deal with the devil has worked out for the comic book movie's worldwide box office, passing the $290.7 million mark this weekend, with a global total of $461.2 million - with China and Japan still set to let the devil into its markets. After "Venom's" two-week reign atop domestic box office charts, Sunday estimates show Sony's superhero movie led by Tom Hardy was narrowly defeated by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's "A Star Is Born" for second place. Biggest movie opening with a female lead over 55. You can read our own Princess Weekes' review of the film here.


The horror flick grossed $77.5 million (£59.2m) in the USA box office over the three days since its release making it the most successful movie in the Halloween franchise, smashing Rob Zombie's remake, which brought in $58m (£44.3m) in 20017 and Halloween: H20 which earned $55m (£42m) in 1998. The box office was looking sharp after going under the knife! Overseas, Halloween will collect an estimated $14.3 million this weekend. The studio had expected an opening north of $50 million.

"The industry is on a major roll right now", said comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. Until this weekend, Curtis' biggest opening was for Beverly Hills Chihuahua at $29 million.


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