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"Halloween" Launches With Massive $77.5M Opening Weekend

"A lot of fans surely came out for the return of the real Michael Myers without any of the prior sequels" baggage and to watch Jamie Lee Curtis as a heavily armed survivor looking to kill her assailant of 40 years ago.

That's exactly what Jamie Lee Curtis rightfully did when her movie smashed three, yes THREE, box office records. Halloween also had a better debut than the blockbuster horror movies Prometheus (6.3 million), World War Z (7.9 million), Van Helsing (8.3 million), and the 1999 version of The Mummy (8.5 million) but fell short of The Mummy Returns (12 million), I Am Legend (11.2 million), the 2014 Godzilla remake (11.2 million), and all Jurassic Park/World installments.

David Gordon Green's "Halloween", a direct sequel to John Carpenter's 1978 classic, obliterated the franchise record opening of $26 million, previously held by the 2007 Rob Zombie reboot.

First Man's lack of success may have been a result of the film's seemingly anti-American message, with Chazelle choosing to downplay the moon landing mission as an American achievement as well the historic image of Armstrong planting the flag on the moon. "Biggest Halloween opening ever".

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"Halloween" was enough to bump the comic-book film "Venom" out of the No. 1 spot and into third place. The film totaled $8.6 million on its second weekend in cinemas and ended up in a terrible fifth place behind Goosebumps 2.

All non-forecast box office figures via Box Office Mojo. "A Star Is Born" pocketed another $19.3 million, while "Venom" follows close behind with $18.1 million for solid domestic totals of $126 million and $171 million, respectively. 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).

October has never been a particularly strong box office month, but 2018 has helped to change that. Second biggest October movie opening ever. And is the highest grossing horror movie with a female lead. The weekend was up almost 72 percent from the same weekend last October and the year to date is up almost 11 percent.


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