Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Halloween slashes the competition with best franchise opening

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| 24 October, 2018, 05:02

Forty years later, Michael has returned to the screen for an tenth time, in David Gordon Green's Halloween, which is a direct sequel to the first film. "Biggest horror movie opening with a female lead", Curtis tweeted, reeling off a list of the movie's achievements. Coming in at $77.5 million, this is the best opening weekend for Halloween in its entire 11 (!) movie franchise history.

The movie sees Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her role as Laurie Strode and picks up 40 years after the original.

For all the twists and plot inventions that filmmakers have been throwing at us over the years-from sibling surprises and unwanted backstories to psychic connections and odd cults-the Halloween movies remain popular for one simple reason.

Sadly it looks like Bad Times at the El Royale will be going down as a box office flop.

In high spirits after Halloween's box office success - the $US10 million ($14.1 million) film took a better-than-expected $US77.5 million before its Australian opening on Thursday - Curtis noted that it had the best opening weekend for a horror movie with a female star. And is the highest grossing horror movie with a female lead. The horror film headlined a massive weekend overall weekend, that saw the top twelve combine for over $160 million, making this the second largest October weekend ever.


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.

"I am enormously proud of this film", said Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions, who co-financed the film with Miramax. It earned an 80% score on review site Rotten Tomatoes. A Star is Born continues to have incredible legs, jumping above Venom and staying in second place with only a 32.2% drop from last weekend.

Sony Pictures' Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween held the fourth place position with $9.715 million, bringing the domestic total to $28.8 million. It picked up a solid $7.5 million, taking its total earnings to $10.5 million. The studio had expected an opening north of $50 million.

The newly released Halloweenmovie has enjoyed a record-breaking opening weekend.

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