'Halloween' scares up $77.5 million in ticket sales

Lawrence Kim
October 23, 2018

The cast for the film also includes Judy Greer who plays Karen Strode, the daughter of Curtis' character, and Andi Matichak who plays Allyson, the granddaughter of Laurie Strode. The movie reportedly sold about 8.8 million tickets, which is already a lot better than Box Office Pro's initial forecast back in August that the sequel would draw in just 6.8 million horror fans and other curious nostalgia seekers. 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.

That being said, the $77.5 million gross also gives Halloween the second biggest opening ever for a horror movie, falling only behind It.

Cast member Jamie Lee Curtis poses at a premiere for the movie "Halloween" in Los Angeles, California, U.S., October 17, 2018. The follow-up has garnered some of the best reviews for a series entry yet. Earlier in the month, superhero movie "Venom" was the biggest-ever October debut, with $80.3 million. Carpenter served as an executive producer and composed the score with his son, Cody Carpenter, and godson, Daniel Davies.

Jamie Lee Curtis is keen to get behind the camera for a horror movie after starring in the latest Halloween shocker. While the last few iterations have been panned, "Halloween" holds a 80 percent average on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ CinemaScore. In fact, until this weekend, Jamie Lee Curtis' biggest opening weekend was $29 million for Beverly Hills Chihuahua.

Columbia Pictures' Venom fell to third place, adding another $18.1 million to its domestic total The Spider-Man less spin-off now sits at $171 million with $290.7 million internationally. The film totaled $8.6 million on its second weekend in cinemas and ended up in a awful fifth place behind Goosebumps 2. Biggest Halloween opening ever, ' she boasted. The coming-of-age drama grossed $249,500 during the weekend for a $62,375 per-screen average, with the studio planning to expand next weekend after the strong opening.

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