Monday, 16 September, 2019

'Halloween' slashes franchise record with $77.5-M launch

'Halloween' Slices Up a Monster $77.5 Million Opening Halloween slashes its way to the top of the box office with $77.5M
Adrian Cunningham | 22 October, 2018, 08:57

The horror flick grossed $77.5 million (£59.2m) in the U.S. box office over the three days since its release making it the most successful movie in the Halloween franchise, smashing Rob Zombie's remake, which brought in $58m (£44.3m) in 20017 and Halloween: H20 which earned $55m (£42m) in 1998. Jamie Lee Curtis responded to the box office numbers with a tweet that also mentions that Halloween is the biggest opening for a horror movie with a female lead and the biggest start for any movie with a female lead over 55.

The film, which carries a tiny, $10 million production budget, features Jamie Lee Curtis in her iconic role of Laurie Strode and beyond landing well with critics in advance of release, it was equally successful with audiences, earning a "B+"CinemaScore, which is a strong grade for a horror film". That's the best opening ever for the 40-year-old slasher series.

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. The film focuses on Strode dealing with the fallout from the trauma of those events, having become a recluse. The movie pulled in an estimated $77.5 million over the Friday-Sunday period, according to Entertainment Weekly. The movie is basically a straight-up sequel to the 1978 classic and disregards any of the previous sequels - including Halloween H:20 - and the Rob Zombie spin-offs.

It also marked the second highest October opening ever behind "Venom's" $80.3 million launch earlier this month.

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Horror-master John Carpenter was executive producer and was joined by lead producer Jason Blum (Get Out and The Purge), so you can probably see why the film is doing so well. It earned an 80% score on review site Rotten Tomatoes.

There was also more bad news for Damien Chazelle's biographical drama First Man, which recounts the story of Neil Armstrong's historic voyage to the moon.

For more on the Halloween franchise, check out GameSpot's ranking of the Halloween films.

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