‘Halloween’ grabs one of the biggest horror openings ever


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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 USA and Canada, ComScore Inc. said in an email Sunday.

Beginning back at the start of June when they first released the initial trailer, the team has steadily ramped up the film's marketing presence over the past five months.

With an estimated $77.5 million, Halloween, which serves as a sequel to the 1978 John Carpenter classic, slashed the franchise's best. She also points out that Halloween set a new franchise record for how much money it made on its first weekend.

Internationally, Halloween went on to earn $14.3 million from 23 markets. These figures also surpass that of Marvel's alien-superhero film Venom, which grossed an impressive $80.2 million gross on its opening weekend.

"Halloween" was enough to bump the comic-book film "Venom" out of the No. 1 spot and into third place.

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It captured first place at the box office with the second-highest horror opening of all time, behind last year's "It". Just last week, Halloween producer Jason Blum had to apologize after an interview, in which he said there are few female horror movie directors because "there are not a lot of female directors period, and even less who are inclined to do horror". "Halloween" is now Curtis' biggest opening to date, as well as the best horror opening with a female lead.

In "Halloween", Curtis plays Laurie Strode, reprising the role that made her famous in a final face-off with Michael Myers.

Reviews have been largely positive for the new installment, with an 80 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ Cinema Score from audiences that were mostly older (59 percent over 25) and male (53 percent). "A Star Is Born" pocketed another $19.3 million, while "Venom" follows close behind with $18.1 million for solid domestic totals of $126 million and $171 million, respectively.

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 brings its North American tally to $28 million.

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