Published: Sun, October 21, 2018

'Halloween' Wins Weekend Box Office With $77.5 Million

'Halloween' Wins Weekend Box Office With $77.5 Million

"Halloween" topped the weekend box office, beating "First Man, ' 'Venom, ' 'A Star is Born" and more.

Heading into the weekend, Halloween had been projected to earn $70 million or more - a strong start for a film that cost about $10 million to make.

As already mentioned, Halloween's $77.5 million three-day debut was the second largest October opening weekend of all-time, coming less than $3 million shy of the record set by Venom earlier this month. If that prognostication turns out to be true, that'd give Green's film the second-highest box office opening ever for a horror movie, a truly remarkable achievement.

David Gordon Green directed "Halloween", which brings back Curtis as Laurie Strode and Nick Castle as Michael Myers and essentially ignores the events of the other sequels and spinoffs aside from John Carpenter's original. Critics liked it a lot (80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), and audiences dug it as well (the B+ Cinemascore is actually very high for a horror film).

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).

Carpenter returned to executive produce and compose the score for the R-rated thriller.

The top 5 is rounded out by the family-friendly spooky sequel Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween in fourth place with $9.7 million and First Man in fifth with $8.5 million.

And that's not including the $14.3m (£10.9m) made in overseas box offices, either.

A Star Is Born only dropped 32.3% from last weekend, bringing its domestic total to $126.3 million and $201 million worldwide, from a $36 million budget.

In limited release, Jonah Hill's directorial debut, Mid90s, is arriving in four theaters with an estimated $249,500, which works out to a robust per-screen average of $62,375. See the October 19-21 figures below.

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