Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Halloween scares up $77.5 million (U.S.) in ticket sales

'Halloween' Slices Up a Monster $77.5 Million Opening Halloween slashes its way to the top of the box office with $77.5M
Guillermo Jimenez | 22 October, 2018, 02:41

Universal's "Halloween" is the 11th installment in the series, five of which have starred Jamie Lee Curtis as iconic avenging babysitter Laurie Strode, who is now a grandmother in the newest take. Greer's character also lives in Haddonfield, Illinois, an apparently easy drive from the psychiatric institute that houses Michael Myers, the maniac who nearly killed Laurie 40 years earlier on Halloween night - and who Laurie is certain will one day return to wreak homicidal havoc once again.

Only costing $10 million to produce, Halloween has earned an estimated $77.5 million this weekend, making it the second biggest October opening ever.

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

That being said, the $77.5 million gross also gives Halloween the second biggest opening ever for a horror movie, falling only behind It. Halloween also had the tenth best opening for an R-rated movie of any genre.

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David Gordon Green's "Halloween", a direct sequel to John Carpenter's 1978 classic, obliterated the franchise record opening of $26 million, previously held by the 2007 Rob Zombie reboot. Until this weekend, Curtis' biggest opening was for Beverly Hills Chihuahua at $29 million. The strategy to open it at the Toronto Film Festival and premiere it in America during Fantastic Fest probably helped, too, but make no mistake: Jamie Lee Curtis was a huge selling point, right along with the October release date. While the last few iterations have been panned, "Halloween" holds a 80 percent average on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ CinemaScore. The film should continue to perform well this weekend ahead of Halloween, as well.

Have you seen Halloween yet? And, you know, because her relationship with her mother is so broken, I think that we sometimes, without knowing it, unconsciously stick around to try to fix something like that. Sound off in the comments!

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