'Halloween' Breaks Box Office Records With Massive October Opening

Danny Woods
October 23, 2018

"Halloween" made a killing in North America, earning $77.5 million when the slasher film launched in 3,928 locations.

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.

I think they've accomplished their mission, even if, during the film's brisk 104 minute run time, you get the sense that Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) has HAD encounters with her "evil twin" sporadically over the last 40 years.

"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.

"I am enormously proud of this film", said Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions, who co-financed the film with Miramax.

However, the original director distanced himself from the franchise many years ago, and David Gordon Green took his place in this latest movie.

For all the twists and plot inventions that filmmakers have been throwing at us over the years-from sibling surprises and unwanted backstories to psychic connections and unusual cults-the Halloween movies remain popular for one simple reason.

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A Star Is Born kept strong this weekend and took the number two spot at the box office with $19.3 million.

Universal executives could be excused for a bit of gloating - they produced Halloween for a microscopic $10 million (Sh1 billion).

Columbia Pictures' Venom fell to third place, adding another $18.1 million to its domestic total The Spider-Man less spin-off now sits at $171 million with $290.7 million internationally.

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.

In fourth was another seasonal offering, Sony's Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, at $9.7 million (Sh981 million).

The surprising returns for "Halloween" mark another win for Hollywood, which is up 10.6% from the same point past year, according to comScore.

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