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Halloween's box office opening is among top horror films of all time

Halloween slashes its way to the top of the box office with $77.5M 'Halloween' slashes franchise record with $77.5-M launch
Charles Bowen | 22 October, 2018, 05:25

If all those "seconds" aren't good enough for you, the new Halloween had the biggest opening for any "slasher" movie, according to figures from Forbes.

Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green based on a script he wrote with Danny McBride.

"Halloween" almost bested an October opening record set only two weeks ago by "Venom", which grossed $80 million.

Overseas, the film kicked things off with $14.3 million across 23 markets, leading in Mexico with $4.9 million and following behing in the United Kingdom with $3.6 million, bringing its global pull to $91.80 million.

Blumhouse, the shop behind "Get Out" and numerous other modestly budgeted horror films, co-produced "Halloween".

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

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The latest installment in the Halloween series sees the return of Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) vs. Michael Myers. Halloween also had the tenth best opening for an R-rated movie of any genre. It's also the biggest launch ever with a female lead over 55 years old. Halloween creator John Carpenter is on board as executive producer and composer.

Among viewers, Halloween has earned a CinemaScore of B+ with males making up 53 percent of ticket buyers while 60 percent of the audience was over the age of 25.

Meanwhile, Fox expanded YA drama "The Hate U Give" to 2,303 screens. It picked up a solid $7.5 million, taking its total earnings to $10.5 million. The two hits, along with the strong showing of "A Star Is Born", have contributed to an unusually healthy month for exhibitors and studios.

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. Star came in second place this weekend with $18.9 million. Damien Chazelle's space epic, which holds a $60-million price tag, dropped roughly 46 percent in its second frame.

The newly released Halloweenmovie has enjoyed a record-breaking opening weekend.

Another surprisingly strong showing puts October 54.5 percent ahead of the same frame a year ago, as well as 12 percent ahead of 2014's record month, according to comScore.

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