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New 'Halloween' Has A Record Breaking Opening Weekend

21 October 2018

Universal's reboot of the venerable horror franchise is on track to sell an estimated $77.5 million in tickets at 3,928 theaters in the USA and Canada from Friday through Sunday, winning the weekend and scoring the second-highest October opening ever, behind Venom's $80.3 million earlier this month. Earlier this year, it was revealed only the first film exists in this world.

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".

The result? An estimated $77.5 million, making it the second biggest October opening ever, narrowly falling short of the $80.2 million opening of Venom just a few weeks ago.

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Serving as a direct sequel to John Carpenter's original 1978 Halloween, the new film ignores the nine other sequels and remakes and picks up 40 years later, with Jamie Lee Curtis's battle-scarred heroine Laurie Strode preparing for her inevitable rematch with masked killer Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney). Halloween also had the tenth best opening for an R-rated movie of any genre. Inspired by Carpenter's classic, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film. Until this weekend, Curtis' biggest opening was for Beverly Hills Chihuahua at $29 million. Plus, the critics have liked it, the film now at 80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The film should continue to perform well this weekend ahead of Halloween, as well.

Have you picked up your copy of BMD's Halloween issue yet? Spoilers are not only allowed but encouraged in the space below (we're really curious to hear where you think they might take this franchise in the inevitable sequel), so be aware of that if you're reading this post without having seen the movie first.

New 'Halloween' Has A Record Breaking Opening Weekend