Halloween Box Office Breaks Records for Slasher Movie Openings

Sheila Mcguire
October 24, 2018

Directed by David Gordon Green, the film stars Jamie Lee Curtis once again as Laurie Strode.

He continues: "They couldn't afford the rights to a song for the movie, so John and Jamie freestyled a song: 'I wish I had you all alone". "Halloween", the 11th installment in the series, raked in an estimated $77.5 million in ticket sales from North American theaters, breaking several box office records.

Curtis has returned to the role that made her famous in the original Halloween in 1978, with one-time babysitter Laurie Strode now a psychologically damaged grandmother who has lived her life preparing for a showdown with masked psychopathic killer Michael Myers.

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"It was the biggest opening for any movie with a woman over 55", she said. It also landed the second-highest debut for an October release, set earlier this month by "Venom" with $80 million.

"Halloween", which is a direct follow-up to the original "Halloween" and skips over the sequels in between, has been well-received by critics, with an 80 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In fact, until this weekend, Jamie Lee Curtis' biggest opening weekend was $29 million for Beverly Hills Chihuahua.

Blumhouse, the shop behind "Get Out" and numerous other modestly budgeted horror films, co-produced "Halloween" with Miramax. After "Venom's" two-week reign atop domestic box office charts, Sunday estimates show Sony's superhero movie led by Tom Hardy was narrowly defeated by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's "A Star Is Born" for second place.

Meanwhile, Fox expanded YA drama "The Hate U Give" to 2,303 screens.

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Rounding out the top 5 are "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween" and "First Man", which earned $9.7 and $8.5 million, respectively.

A Star is Born nabbed the No. 2 global spot, bringing its global gross to $74.7 million and shooting past the $200 million mark for its total worldwide tally.

But, around here, one of the big things that jumped out for audiences of John Carpenter's original Halloween was the recurrence of Bowling Green/Warren County references throughout that film.

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