‘Halloween’ grabs one of the biggest horror openings ever

Halloween slashes its way to the top of the box office with $77.5M

Box Office: ‘Halloween’ Kills Competition with Historic $80M Debut

Jamie Lee Curtis responded to the box office numbers with a tweet that also mentions that Halloween is the biggest opening for a horror movie with a female lead and the biggest start for any movie with a female lead over 55.

This weekend, Blumhouse and Universal's Halloween opened up with an impressive figure of $77.5 million across 3,920 theaters on the domestic front, marking the second-best debut of all time for an R-Rated horror film.

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) a year ago.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson noticed, writing: "Raising the bar!" The Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga drama has grossed $126.4 million from North American theaters and is cruising to break $200 million worldwide Sunday.

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Even with a strong female lead, Blumhouse faced a backlash to comments of founder Jason Blum, who in an interview cited a lack of female directors to explain why none of his films were directed by women. Coupled with Halloween's $14.3 million global opening gross, the slasher movie made a total $91.8 million worldwide. Halloween certainly had huge brand recognition - the 1978 original jumpstarted the Golden Age of slasher films and spawned seven sequels, a remake and a sequel to the remake.

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).

Fox's The Hate U Give expanded nationwide this weekend after two weeks in limited release, rising to sixth place this weekend for $7.5 million. The box office was looking sharp after going under the knife! This weekend's box office itself was up a whopping 71.7% from the same weekend in 2017. Damien Chazelle's space epic, which holds a $60 million price tag, dropped roughly 46 percent in its second frame.

The surprising returns for "Halloween" mark another win for Hollywood, which is up 10.6% from the same point past year, according to comScore. Films such as "Get Out", "A Quiet Place" and "It" have all surprised Hollywood in recent years with big box office totals.

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