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‘Halloween’ earned $77.5 million, biggest opening ever for franchise



Jamie Lee Curtis in “Halloween.”

  • “Halloween,” the new direct sequel to the 1978 classic
    original, took in an estimated $77.5 million over the weekend.
  • It’s the biggest opening even in the franchise and for a
    movie produced by Blumhouse Productions.
  • “Halloween” is the second-biggest opening for a horror movie,
    behind 2017’s “It” ($123.4 million).

Michael Myers showed this weekend he can still get butts in the
seats. Director David Gordon Green’s sequel to John Carpenter’s
legendary original 1978 movie, which he penned with Danny
McBride, brought in an estimated $77.5 million.

That’s the biggest opening ever for the “Halloween” franchise and
the best for any Blumhouse movie.
“Halloween” is also the second-biggest opening weekend ever for
an October release (just below the $80.2 million earned by
“Venom” three weeks ago), and second-biggest opening ever for a
horror movie. The first being Warner Bros.’ “It” in 2017 ($123.4 million).

Audiences and critics alike loved this latest “Halloween” sequel,
which took the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” formula of paying
homage to many of the traits of the original movie.

Excitement for the movie has been high since the project was
announced in 2016, as the franchise creator John Carpenter
confirmed his involvement as an executive producer, which marked
the first time he’d be directly involved in a “Halloween” movie
since 1982’s “Halloween III: Season of the Witch” (for which he
was a producer). Carpenter also created new music for the movie,
adding to his already iconic score from the original.

The new “Halloween” took a big slice into the box
office this weekend.


Also signed on to reprise the role of Michael Myers’ obsession,
Laurie Strode, was the franchise’s star, Jamie Lee Curtis.

And if that wasn’t good enough, Jason Blum’s Blumhouse
Productions also came on board. The perennial horror production
house has been providing studios with huge box office profits on
its low budget thrillers for years.

In fact, it did just that for Warner Bros./New Line in early
September with the huge $53.8 million opening for “The Nun,” which is the biggest
opening ever for any of “The Conjuring” movies. “The Nun” has
since earned over $360 million worldwide — a fantastic return on
a $22 million budget.

Universal/Blumhouse could be seeing an even bigger profit with
“Halloween.” The new Michael Myers horror was made for just $10

Industry projections had “Halloween” coming in around $60 million
to $70 million over the weekend, but the news gradually got
better and better that Universal would top the projections.

On Thursday it took in $7.7 million, helping the movie to a
$33.3 million Friday
(second-best Friday for a horror, behind “It” with $50.4
million). On Saturday, the movie took in a healthy $27.3 million
(it played on over 3,900 screens, domestically).

Globally, the movie has brought in $91.8 million.

Forty years after Carpenter’s first “Halloween,” it looks like
the franchise has no signs of slowing down.

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