Jamie Lee Curtis' Boast About 'Halloween' Opening Is Scary Good For Women

Calvin Saunders
October 23, 2018

Second biggest October movie opening ever.

Reuniting Jamie Lee Curtis and the world created by horror filmmaker John Carpenter, the film collected an estimated $77.5 million in theaters in the US and Canada, ComScore Inc. said in an email Sunday. BoxOfficeMojo.com noted that Halloween did beat Venom on Friday, delivering the largest October opening day of all time with $33.2 million earned.

Internationally, Halloween brought in an estimated $14.3 million from 23 markets, with Mexico leading the way with a chart-topping $4.9 million opening followed by the U.K. & Ireland ($3.6m), Russian Federation ($1.79m) and Indonesia ($1.09m). "Halloween" cost just $10 million, marking another win for Jason Blum and Blumhouse Productions, who co-financed the film with Miramax. It also marks the best Blumhouse outing since Paranormal Activity 3 logged $53.8 million. "Halloween brings the franchise back to life in a fresh, relevant and fun way that is winning over fans and critics alike".

Her Laurie is seen as a grandmother in the latest instalment of the series, who has been waiting for an opportunity to confront Michael Myers once more. That is huge, and easily the biggest opening weekend for any of the principals associated with this film (David Gordon Green, Danny McBride and Jamie Lee Curtis). "Audiences are responding to movies big and small right now - You can have your cinematic fast food and fine dining all at once right now".

Carpenter returned to executive produce and compose the score for the R-rated thriller. And the direct sequel to the original's reviews happen to be the franchise's best since that first movie. Plus, the critics have liked it, the film now at 80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Meanwhile, Fox expanded YA drama "The Hate U Give" to 2,303 screens. The film now sits at $126 million domestically with another $74.7 million from worldwide markets, giving it a global total of $201 million.

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October's box office receipts continue to impress as "Venom" and "A Star Is Born" deliver healthy numbers in their third outings.

"Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween" also cashed in on the spooky spirit, picking up $9.7 million to land in fourth place. Globally the film has brought in $461.2 million, and could become Sony's highest grossing 2018 release (currently it sits behind Hotel Transylvania 3). The film totaled $8.6 million on its second weekend in cinemas and ended up in a terrible fifth place behind Goosebumps 2. Damien Chazelle's space epic, which holds a $60 million price tag, dropped roughly 46 percent in its second frame. A24's coming-of-age skateboarding drama expands nationwide next weekend.

The Melissa McCarthy film "Can You Ever Forgive Me", about the literary forger Lee Israel, grossed $150,000 in five locations.

Overall box office is up 10.6 percent year-to-date, according to ComScore.

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

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