Sunday, 18 November, 2018

"Halloween" boasts biggest opening ever for female-led horror flick

Melody Ballard | 23 October, 2018, 16:50

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.

Per Variety, Halloween earned $77.5 million (£59.49 million) in its opening weekend and "obliterated the franchise record opening of $26 million" (£19.9 million). The film has now brought in $10.6 million at the domestic box office.

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.

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

Curtis also celebrated via Twitter, writing: "OK, I'm going for one BOAST post", adding the hash tag #WomenGetThingsDone.

As well as Curtis, Nick Castle, who played the original Michael Myers, is also back for this one, not that you'd ever know. The flick is a direct sequel to the 1978 classic horror film of the same name in which the original scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis returns in her role as Laurie Strode.

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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. Plus, the critics have liked it, the film now at 80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. "Audiences are responding to movies big and small right now - You can have your cinematic fast food and fine dining all at once right now". Second biggest October movie opening ever.

I should point out that Halloween only had a budget of $10 million, making it already more profitable than many of its peers.

For more on the Halloween franchise, check out GameSpot's ranking of the Halloween films.

Movie theater attendance was up overall the last few days, with this particular weekend (42nd of the year) posting record-breaking ticket sales of about 18.2 million, the highest on record (that is, since 1982).

Venom which fell two spots landed below A Star is Born which held onto second place for the third week in a row.

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