Universal's reboot of the venerable horror franchise is on track to sell an estimated $77.5 million in tickets at 3,928 theaters in the USA and Canada from Friday through Sunday, winning the weekend and scoring the second-highest October opening ever, behind Venom's $80.3 million earlier this month.
I'm going for one BOAST post. Overseas, Halloween will collect an estimated $14.3 million this weekend. The new Halloween will also mark the series' best debut (blowing past the Rob Zombie remake's $26.4 million) and the second-highest opening for an R-rated horror movie, behind last year's It ($123.4 million).More news: Fantasy Impact of Patriots RB Carted Off — Sony Michel Injury
The movie marked Jamie Lee Curtis' feature film debut, and she would return to the franchise in 1980's Halloween II, 1998's Halloween H20: Halloween 20 Years Later and 2002's Halloween: Resurrection.
Additionally, Halloween managed to push out the latest comic-book movie out of the number one spot, Venom, starring The Revenant alum, Tom Hardy, who has been making waves in Hollywood for the past few years.
Reviews have been largely positive for the new installment, with an 80 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ Cinema Score from audiences that were mostly older (59 percent over 25) and male (53 percent). The film totaled $8.6 million on its second weekend in cinemas and ended up in a terrible fifth place behind Goosebumps 2. The film from 21st Century Fox Inc.'s Fox 2000 Pictures cost $23 million to make, before marketing costs, and it matched predictions for its first wide-release weekend, according to Box Office Mojo.More news: 'Halloween' opening weekend breaks box office records
Meanwhile, Fox expanded YA drama "The Hate U Give" to 2,303 screens.
October has never been a particularly strong box office month, but 2018 has helped to change that. At the top was Jonah Hill's directorial debut "Mid90s", which opened in four theaters with $249,500 (or a $62,375 per theater average).
This has easily been the biggest opening weekend for director David Gordon Green and co-writer Danny McBride, and surprisingly, even for Jamie Lee Curtis.More news: League chief confirms Bolt offer, insists he must accept 'much less'