Universal Pictures said Sunday that "Halloween" took in an estimated $77.5 million in ticket sales from North American theaters. The film still has 46 markets yet to open in including France next weekend followed by Australia, Brazil, Italy, Germany and Spain the following weekend and South Korea on October 31.
"Halloween" was one of the most anticipated films of the year because it featured well-known figures from the 1978 original.
October's box office receipts continue to impress as "Venom" and "A Star Is Born" deliver healthy numbers in their third outings. 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. It cost only $10 million to make. Venom previously had that record, too, with 3.7 million people attending its opening day earlier this month. The film totaled $8.6 million on its second weekend in cinemas and ended up in a terrible fifth place behind Goosebumps 2. It's the second highest horror opening of all time, behind last year's "It".
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). "Halloween" is now Curtis' biggest opening to date, as well as the best horror opening with a female lead. On Thursday, the prolific producer apologized and said he had misspoken about a topic he felt passionate about. But no matter which style or version your prefer in the franchise, we're ranking every Halloween movie made and sorting them by Tomatometer!
The new film is positively loaded with references to prior films in the series, including the ones that it is actively writing out of continuity.
Amandla Stenberg features as Starr Carter, a teenager who witnesses the wrongful shooting of her friend by a police officer. Directed by George Tillman Jr. from a screenplay by Tina Mabry and Audrey Wells, The Hate U Give stars Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, Sabrina Carpenter, Algee Smith, Lamar Johnson, Anthony Mackie, K.J. Apa, and Common.