‘Halloween’ Kills Competition with Historic $80M Debut

24 October, 2018, 05:03 | Author: Norman Carr
  • New 'Halloween' Has A Record Breaking Opening Weekend

"Halloween" capitalized on its own brand recognition and the recent popularity of the horror genre to bring in such a big weekend. But the film was also a huge win for Curtis, who reprised her role as Laurie Strode, who tries again to escape the clutches of masked killer Michael Myers. The movie is basically a straight-up sequel to the 1978 classic and disregards any of the previous sequels - including Halloween H:20 - and the Rob Zombie spin-offs. While the new Halloween couldn't quite match Venom's record-breaking debut for the month, a title earned just two weeks ago, the horror sequel did come in at number one and did achieve another monumental record.

I think they've accomplished their mission, even if, during the film's brisk 104 minute run time, you get the sense that Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) has HAD encounters with her "evil twin" sporadically over the last 40 years.


OK. I'm going for one BOAST post. "Biggest Halloween opening ever #womengetthingsdone". The sequel is performing modestly but has seen a significant drop from the first film's haul in 2015 which opened to $23.6 million and at the same time had brought in $43.7 million. It earned an 80% score on review site Rotten Tomatoes. "Halloween" cost just $10 million, marking another win for Jason Blum and Blumhouse Productions, who co-financed the film with Miramax. It's also the biggest Blumhouse debut, beating out Paranormal Activity 3 ($52.5 million), and according to Forbes "is the fourth-biggest horror movie/scary movie launch ever (sans inflation) behind only It ($123m), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ($150m) and Jurassic World ($208m)". It's also the biggest launch ever with a female lead over 55 years old. The Hate U Give, meanwhile, expanded into wide release with so-so attendance (0.8 million) but the chance of further success given its rare 'A+' grade via CinemaScore polling.

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga's new movie, A Star Is Born, held on to the second spot for its third weekend with approximately $19.3 million. Rounding out the top five is Universal's "First Man", which notched $8.5 million this weekend for a total of $30 million.

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