Sunday, 18 November, 2018

'Halloween' Breaks Box Office Records With Massive October Opening

Halloween scares up $77.5 million (U.S.) in ticket sales Judy Greer explains why her Halloween character hasn't gotten the hell out of Haddonfield
Charles Bowen | 22 October, 2018, 02:38

The film, which carries a tiny, $10 million production budget, features Jamie Lee Curtis in her iconic role of Laurie Strode and beyond landing well with critics in advance of release, it was equally successful with audiences, earning a "B+"CinemaScore, which is a strong grade for a horror film".

The only other R-rated horror film to best Halloween's showing was 2017's It, which earned $123.4 million in its first week, but the film did ultimately reign supreme among Halloween-themed movies opening around the holiday. 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). The result? An estimated $77.5 million, making it the second biggest October opening ever, narrowly falling short of the $80.2 million opening of Venom just a few weeks ago.

Internationally, Halloween brought in an estimated $14.3 million from 23 markets, with Mexico leading the way with a chart-topping $4.9 million opening followed by the U.K. & Ireland ($3.6m), Russian Federation ($1.79m) and Indonesia ($1.09m).

"I am enormously proud of this film", Jason Blum said in a statement.

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"Halloween" is now Curtis' biggest opening to date, as well as the best horror opening with a female lead. Plus, the critics have liked it, the film now at 80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

October's box-office receipts continue to impress as "Venom" and "A Star Is Born" deliver healthy numbers in their third outings.

The top 5 is rounded out by the family-friendly spooky sequel Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween in fourth place with $9.7 million and First Man in fifth with $8.5 million. That brings its North American tally to $28 million. Damien Chazelle's space epic, which holds a $60-million price tag, dropped roughly 46 percent in its second frame. A24's coming-of-age skateboarding drama expands nationwide next weekend. The 2018 box office remains up 10.6 percent compared to the previous year.

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