Halloween Sequel Opening Rakes in Over $77 Million

Halloween Sequel Opening Rakes in Over $77 Million

by Dusan on October 26th, 2018 | |

When it comes to horror films that absolutely define the genre, it doesn’t get much more iconic than 1978’s Halloween, the definitive slasher celebrating its 40th anniversary (I know, it makes me feel old too). When news first dropped that a direct sequel would grace theaters in October of 2018, a clean 40 years after the original took the horror world by storm, it seemed inevitable that it would be a hit. Not only is everyone hungry for horror this time of year, but it’s not every day we get to take in a new Halloween installment!

According to studio data estimates released this past Sunday, Halloween 2018 raked in a cool $77.5 million in ticket sales in North America alone. That was enough to score it the coveted first place honor in its very first weekend at the box office. That’s also the second-highest opening of all time for a horror film. (Last year’s adaptation of Stephen King’s It still holds the number one spot.)

Halloween holds the record for second-highest October opening of all time as well, surpassed only by superhero adventure, Venom with its $80.3 million opening earlier in the month. Last but not least this is the biggest opening ever for any movie with a female lead star over 55 (Jamie Lee Curtis herself, of course).

Halloween 2018 is directed by David Gordon Green and finds both Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle returning to their legendary roles as Laurie Strode and Michael Myers respectively. The events of the film pick up right where those of the original left off, completely ignoring all of the other sequels, spin-offs, and additions that have become part of the franchise over the years.

Early reviews of the new Halloween are overwhelmingly positive with Curtis’s performance in particular earning much praise. Plus, with the Halloween holiday itself still ahead of us, Halloween 2018 is in a position to become even more of a blockbuster. Catch it now in a theater near you!

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