Published: Mon, October 22, 2018

Jamie Lee Curtis Revives ‘Halloween’ With a Record Debut

Jamie Lee Curtis Revives ‘Halloween’ With a Record Debut

Additionally, Halloween managed to push out the latest comic-book movie out of the number one spot, Venom, starring The Revenant alum, Tom Hardy, who has been making waves in Hollywood for the past few years.

As well as Curtis, Nick Castle, who played the original Michael Myers, is also back for this one, not that you'd ever know. Until this weekend, Curtis' biggest opening was for Beverly Hills Chihuahua at $29 million.

Overseas, the film kicked things off with $14.3 million across 23 markets, leading in Mexico with $4.9 million and following behing in the United Kingdom with $3.6 million, bringing its global pull to $91.80 million.

So not only does Halloween continue Hollywood's streak of very successful horror movies, but it proves yet again that (pay attention, executives!) audiences will pay lots of money to see female-led films.

"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", said Jim Orr, Universal's president of domestic distribution.

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. More than 80 percent of critics recommended the movie, according to RottenTomatoes.com.


"Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween" also cashed in on the spooky spirit, picking up $9.7 million to land in fourth place. That brings its North American tally to $28 million. Following the box office results, Curtis tweeted in celebration of the film's launch, tagging the post with #WomenGetThingsDone.

Meanwhile, Fox expanded YA drama "The Hate U Give" to 2,303 screens.

A number of well-received indies also made their debuts.

The Melissa McCarthy film "Can You Ever Forgive Me", about the literary forger Lee Israel, grossed $150,000 in five locations.

This has easily been the biggest opening weekend for director David Gordon Green and co-writer Danny McBride, and surprisingly, even for Jamie Lee Curtis.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. The picture represents another win for Blumhouse Productions and its distributor, Comcast Corp.'s Universal Pictures.

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