'Halloween' opening weekend breaks box office records

'Halloween' opening weekend breaks box office records

'Halloween' opening weekend breaks box office records

I suspected that Halloween would put up huge numbers this weekend, but it wasn't until I attended a sold-out screening at 10 p.m. on Thursday (very unusual in my neck of the woods) that I realized it would be massive. The movie earned $77.5 million in its opening weekend. Halloween smashed the franchise's previous record holder, Rob Zombie's 2007 remake of the '78 original, which took in $26 million United States dollars. Halloween also had the tenth best opening for an R-rated movie of any genre. Of course, last week Box Office Pro and others overshot the expectation with the call that Halloween would gross $80 million, basically tying with Venom's attendance record of 9.1 million people. That easily beat the old record for a slasher movie, set in 2009 by a reboot of the "Friday the 13th" series, and keeps the industry on a record path for October.

Universal Pictures' Oscar hopeful First Man fell from third to fifth place with $8.56 million.

The film is also the second biggest October opener, narrowly pipped by Venom which grossed $80.2m (£61.3m) earlier this month and the second largest R-rated horror ever, beaten only by It, which took in an eye-watering $123.4m (£94.4m) previous year.

Halloween, the reboot of the 1978 classic, has made a killing at the United States box office, raking in over $77m (£59m) during its opening weekend.

The film now has 80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7.6 on IMDB.

"Halloween" was one of the most anticipated films of the year because it featured well-known figures from the 1978 original. On a $10 million budget, the film earned a total of $91.8 million, including worldwide openings. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode as does Nick Castle as Michael "The Shape" Myers. The coming-of-age drama grossed $249,500 during the weekend for a $62,375 per-screen average, with the studio planning to expand next weekend after the strong opening. The film totaled $8.6 million on its second weekend in cinemas and ended up in a terrible fifth place behind Goosebumps 2. 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 film has now brought in $10.6 million at the domestic box office.

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