Halloween: Jamie Lee Curtis reboot breaks USA box office record

Angelo Anderson
October 23, 2018

The horror genre is one of the most enduring in Hollywood, even as the box office has become more challenging, with titles regularly breaching expectations.

"Halloween" made a killing in North America, earning $77.5 million when the slasher film launched in 3,928 locations.

Those numbers are a franchise best for Halloween: its last series installment, Rob Zombie's reboot sequel Halloween II, opened to $16.3m in 2009 before going on to gross just $39.4m worldwide in its entire lifespan. Its second-best opening for an R-rated film lags only behind It, which bowed past year with a whopping $123.4 million. "Biggest Halloween opening ever #womengetthingsdone", she continued. It fell just short of Tom Hardy's superhero film Venom, which had a $80.2 million opening a few weeks ago.

It makes it the biggest debut ever for a horror film with a female lead, and the biggest debut ever for any film with a female lead over 55.

Interestingly, Jamie Lee Curtis chose to reprise her role as Laurie Strode, and Nick Castle - the original Michael Meyers - appeared in a cameo.

Jamie Lee Curtis is keen to get behind the camera for a horror movie after starring in the latest Halloween shocker.

The movie sees Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her role as Laurie Strode and picks up 40 years after the original. John Carpenter, who directed 1978's Halloween, is attached to the new film as a creative consultant. Plus, the critics have liked it, the film now at 80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Meanwhile "A Star Is Born" held on to second place in its third weekend with $19.3 million.

Rounding out the top five were Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween and First Man, which earned $9.7 and $8.5 million, respectively. She also points out that Halloween set a new franchise record for how much money it made on its first weekend. Until this weekend, Curtis' biggest opening was for Beverly Hills Chihuahua at $29 million. The coming-of-age drama grossed $249,500 during the weekend for a $62,375 per-screen average, with the studio planning to expand next weekend after the strong opening.

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