Halloween scares away the competition at the box office

Danny Woods
October 22, 2018

Second biggest October movie opening ever. The latter is super, incredibly exciting, but I have to suspect that there aren't very many of them: a report from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film previous year showed that women 50 and older comprised of 13% of movie roles, and sole female protagonists only appeared in 35% of studio features. But Halloween still crushed the box office, taking home a wildly impressive $77.5 million over three days. The picture represents another win for Blumhouse Productions and its distributor, Comcast Corp.'s Universal Pictures.

And that's not including the $14.3m (£10.9m) made in overseas box offices, either.

The latest installment in the Halloween series sees the return of Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) vs. Michael Myers. Earlier in the month, superhero movie "Venom" was the biggest-ever October debut, with $80.3 million. The studio had expected an opening north of $50 million.

The film is also the second biggest October opener, narrowly pipped by Venom which grossed $80.2m (£61.3m) earlier this month and the second largest R-rated horror ever, beaten only by It, which took in an eye-watering $123.4m (£94.4m) past year.

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Per Variety, Halloween earned $77.5 million (£59.49 million) in its opening weekend and "obliterated the franchise record opening of $26 million" (£19.9 million).

This new Halloween comes as the hit horror franchise celebrates its 40th Anniversary, with the original classic by director John Carpenter opening on October 27, 1978. On Thursday, the prolific producer apologized and said he had misspoken about a topic he felt passionate about.

The top 5 is rounded out by the family-friendly spooky sequel Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween in fourth place with $9.7 million and First Man in fifth with $8.5 million. It placed sixth with $7.5 million after nearly unanimous recommendations from critics.

Beginning back at the start of June when they first released the initial trailer, the team has steadily ramped up the film's marketing presence over the past five months. Films such as "Get Out", "A Quiet Place" and "It" have all surprised Hollywood in recent years with big box office totals.

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