'Halloween' Breaks Box Office Records With Massive October Opening

'Halloween' Breaks Box Office Records With Massive October Opening

Other films to make the top 10 include social justice drama The Hate u Give with $7.7 million, animated comedy adventure film Smallfoot with $6.7 million, and the neo-noir thriller film Bad Times at the El Royale with $3.5 million. That said, Halloween did deliver the largest October opening day of all-time, topping Venom's $32.5 million. According to reports, the latest installment of the franchise earned approximately $77.5 million in ticket sales at the domestic box office. Warner Bros.' "It" is the only R-rated horror movie to open higher than "Halloween". The flick is a direct sequel to the 1978 classic horror film of the same name in which the original scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis returns in her role as Laurie Strode.

But it's important to recognize that a female screenwriter (noted by Wikipedia as "Carpenter's then-girlfriend") was responsible for shaping the characters of Laurie Strode-also inextricably tied to the franchise and again the lead of 2018's followup, with Jamie Lee Curtis returning-and her ill-fated friends.

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. 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.

Curtis continued, "I couldn't be prouder of ALL who made this creative experiment have such a thrilling result!". "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".

October has never been a particularly strong box office month, but 2018 has helped to change that.

Venom's domestic total was brought to $171.1 million, with $461.8 million worldwide from a $100 million budget. Meanwhile "A Star Is Born" held on to the second place spot for its third weekend with $19.3 million. Overseas, Halloween will collect an estimated $14.3 million this weekend. "The movie-going experience is as viable and relevant as ever".

Damien Chazelle's Neil Armstrong biopic "First Man" tumbled to fifth place in its second weekend earning $8.6 million, down 46 percent from its launch.

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