Published: Tue, October 23, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

'Halloween' scares up $77.5 million in ticket sales

'Halloween' scares up $77.5 million in ticket sales

In the post, Jamie Lee Curtis posted a picture of herself and costars Judy Greer and Andi Matichak from the film. That's the second-best October opening of all time, behind only Venom, which opened earlier this month to the tune of $80 million. That means director David Gordon Green's sequel/reboot is not just the highest-grossing film in the decades-spanning Halloween franchise, but the biggest opening for a slasher movie ever, adjusted for inflation. The horror genre is one of the most enduring in Hollywood, even as the box office has become more challenging, with titles regularly breaching expectations.

Halloween has had one of the best openings for an October movie ever, but star Jamie Lee Curtis wants fans to look beyond its $77.5 million United States dollars in opening weekend sales. More than 80 percent of critics recommended the movie, according to RottenTomatoes.com. Halloween cost just $US10 million, before marketing costs, marking another win for Jason Blum and Blumhouse Productions, who co-financed the film with Miramax. 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. Without another big horror movie getting a wide release before Halloween, I wouldn't be surprised if Halloween sticks at the top next weekend as well.

Meanwhile "A Star Is Born" held on to second place in its third weekend with $19.3 million. Star came in second place this weekend with $18.9 million. The Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga drama has grossed $126.4 million from North American theaters and is cruising to break $200 million worldwide Sunday.

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While Halloween H20 was initially conceived to be one big 20th-anniversary celebration, the film hasn't lasted the test of time.

At the specialty box office, Jonah Hill's directorial debut, "Mid90s" secured the best screen average this weekend with a massive $62,375 from four theaters, a total of $249,000. The film totaled $8.6 million on its second weekend in cinemas and ended up in a terrible fifth place behind Goosebumps 2.

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