Published: Tue, October 23, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Halloween scores second-best October opening ever with $77.5 million

Halloween scores second-best October opening ever with $77.5 million

Adjusted for inflation, Halloween's $77.5 million debut weekend beats out the previous slasher movie record holder, Scream 2, whose $33 million launch in 1997 would be $65 million today, according to Forbes. The sequel is performing modestly but has seen a significant drop from the first film's haul in 2015 which opened to $23.6 million and at the same time had brought in $43.7 million. The box office was looking sharp after going under the knife! But the film was also a huge win for Curtis, who reprised her role as Laurie Strode, who tries again to escape the clutches of masked killer Michael Myers.

And while posing in her tailored pink pantsuit on Tuesday, it definitely didn't look like Jamie Lee had aged four decades since the first movie hit screens in 1978. The film focuses on Strode dealing with the fallout from the trauma of those events, having become a recluse.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to comScore.

Not to mention that it was the most profitable "Halloween" opening among the franchise's 11 entries, and the second-highest debut for any film (in any genre) released in October.


"Halloween" made a killing in North America, earning $77.5 million when the slasher film launched in 3,928 locations. While the last few iterations have been panned, "Halloween" holds a 80 percent average on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ CinemaScore. "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". On Thursday, the prolific producer apologized and said he had misspoken about a topic he felt passionate about.

"The Hate U Give", about a wrongful shooting by a police officer, was the only other new movie in wide release, expanding to more than 2,300 theaters.

Amandla Stenberg features as Starr Carter, a teenager who witnesses the wrongful shooting of her friend by a police officer. Regina Hall and Common also star.

And that's not including the $14.3m (£10.9m) made in overseas box offices, either. The film started a limited run October 5.

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