AceShowbiz - "Halloween (2018)" has met the expectations to soar at North American box office. The newest installment of the horror film franchise debuted at No. 1 at the chart with an estimated $77.5 million, marking the biggest opening for the franchise which started with the 1978 film directed by John Carpenter.
The movie's opening haul also set the second best opening for all horror movies, behind Stephen King adaptation "It" which launched to $123 million in 2017. Additionally posting the second-highest October opening ever behind "Venom (2018)" which opened to $80.3 million earlier this month, the David Gordon Green-directed "Halloween" is predicted to easily surpass the $184 million collected by the original movie.
Jamie Lee Curtis returns to reprise her role as Michael Myers' surviving victim Laurie Strode in the latest film. Acknowledging the movie's success, she tweeted, "OK. I'm going for one BOAST post." The 59-year-old actor pointed out that it's the biggest movie opening ever with a female lead over 55.
"Biggest horror movie opening with a female lead. Biggest movie opening with a female lead over 55. Second biggest October movie opening ever. Biggest Halloween opening ever #womengetthingsdone @halloweenmovie," she gushed.
OK. I’m going for one BOAST post. Biggest horror movie opening with a female lead.— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) October 21, 2018
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The audience's excitement for the new "Halloween" movie is echoed by critics' reviews, which are largely positive. It received an 80 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while audience gave it a B-plus grade on CinemaScore.
"You take the nostalgia for 'Halloween', especially with the return of Jamie Lee Curtis, and you combine that with the Blumhouse brand and its contemporary currency in the genre, and it just made for a ridiculously potent combination," says Jim Orr, Universal's president of domestic distribution.
With only ten days to go until the horror festivity, "Halloween" glory at box office is expected to last longer than typical horror films that usually suffer a major drop after the first weekend.
Meanwhile, "A Star Is Born" held on strong to its second position with additional $19.3 million, followed by "Venom (2018)" which fell from the first place with an estimated $18.1 million on its third weekend. "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween" remained at No. 4 with approximately $9.7 million, while "First Man" dropped from No. 3 to No. 5 with an estimated $8.6 million on its second weekend despite positive reviews.Top Ten Movies at Weekend Box Office for Oct. 19-21: