Halloween scores second-best October opening ever with $77.5 million

Lawrence Kim
October 22, 2018

Jamie Lee Curtis should be in high spirits when she takes to the black carpet in Sydney on Tuesday for the Australian premiere of her eagerly awaited new Halloween movie. That's the best opening ever for the 40-year-old slasher series. Earlier this year, it was revealed only the first film exists in this world. The horror genre is one of the most enduring in Hollywood, even as the box office has become more challenging, with titles regularly breaching expectations. The picture represents another win for Blumhouse Productions and its distributor, Comcast Corp.'s Universal Pictures.

Interestingly, Jamie Lee Curtis chose to reprise her role as Laurie Strode, and Nick Castle - the original Michael Meyers - appeared in a cameo. The film focuses on Strode dealing with the fallout from the trauma of those events, having become a recluse.

It's hard to say it any other way: Michael Myers made a killing at the box office this weekend. That brings its North American tally to $28 million.

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 USA 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.

Heading into the weekend, Halloween had been projected to earn $70 million or more - a strong start for a film that cost about $10 million to make.

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. It earned an 80% score on review site Rotten Tomatoes. On Thursday, the prolific producer apologized and said he had misspoken about a topic he felt passionate about. Instead of rushing out a first trailer (ala Venom) or waiting too long to begin their marketing (ala Solo), Halloween hit the sweet spot and put out a first trailer that felt confident and refined while also giving the team more than enough time to build upon it. Regina Hall and Common also star.

In the post, Jamie Lee Curtis posted a picture of herself and costars Judy Greer and Andi Matichak from the film. The film started a limited run October 5.

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