'Halloween' Slices Up a Monster $77.5 Million Opening
'Halloween' Slices Up a Monster $77.5 Million Opening
Box Office: ‘Halloween’ Kills Competition with Historic $80M Debut
23 October, 2018, 16:59
In addition to bringing back Jamie Lee Curtis to reprise her career-defining role, and leaning heavily on original Halloween director John Carpenter for creative input, director David Gordon Green says capturing vibe of the original 1978 film even led to some fun, off-the-cuff moments for Curtis, who offered up her vocal talents to heighten the drama in an early scene.
It was a particularly busy week at the box office as critically acclaimed films such as the young adult adaptation "The Hate U Give" and the Robert Redford swan song "The Old Man & The Gun" expanded nationwide after a few weeks in limited release. It's also the second-best R-rated horror movie opening of all time (IT, released past year, holds that title) and the best opening for any movie in the Halloween franchise, of which there have been 11 (!) entries, all of which the latest movie acts like never happened, at least until the next reboot.
It also marks second biggest debut for a horror film behind last year's "It", which had a $123 million opening. In fact, until this weekend, Jamie Lee Curtis' biggest opening weekend was $29 million for Beverly Hills Chihuahua. Both Curtis and Carpenter serve as producers on the series revival, which discounts every other entry except the original film.
The new Halloween movie starring Jamie Lee Curtis opened in the United States and Canada over the weekend, and it was a massive success. More than 80 percent of critics recommended the movie, according to RottenTomatoes.com.
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