‘Halloween’ grabs one of the biggest horror openings ever

"I'm going for one BOAST post", Curtis wrote of reprising her role as Laurie Strode in Halloween.

"You take the nostalgia for 'Halloween, ' especially with the return of Jamie Lee Curtis, and you combine that with the Blumhouse brand and its contemporary currency in the genre and it just made for a ridiculously potent combination at the box office this weekend", Jim Orr, Universal's president of domestic distribution, told The Associated Press.

The only other R-rated horror film to best Halloween's showing was 2017's It, which earned $123.4 million in its first week, but the film did ultimately reign supreme among Halloween-themed movies opening around the holiday. Jamie Lee Curtis again stars as Laurie Strode, sole survivor of that spree. The film now sits at $126 million domestically with another $74.7 million from worldwide markets, giving it a global total of $201 million.

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.

Outside the US, Halloween generated $USS14.3 million from 23 markets for a global start of $91.8 million. These figures also surpass that of Marvel's alien-superhero film Venom, which grossed an impressive $80.2 million gross on its opening weekend.

October's box office receipts continue to impress as "Venom" and "A Star Is Born" deliver healthy numbers in their third outings. Overseas, Halloween will collect an estimated $14.3 million this weekend. The strategy to open it at the Toronto Film Festival and premiere it in America during Fantastic Fest probably helped, too, but make no mistake: Jamie Lee Curtis was a huge selling point, right along with the October release date. Previous year hadn't even hit a billion by this point, even with IT. The picture represents another win for Blumhouse Productions and its distributor, Comcast Corp.'s Universal Pictures. Biggest movie opening with a female lead over 55, ' the actress said.

  • Kyle Peterson