‘Halloween’ has record breaking opening weekend

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Michael Myers is back and slashed his way to the top of the weekend box office. The horror film delivered the second largest October opening of all-time.

Halloween brought in $77.5 million which is very impressive and a bit higher than my predicted opening weekend of around $70 million. This was the second largest October opening of all-time only behind the $80.3 million opening of Venom earlier this month. This is also the second largest opening for an R-rated horror film only behind the $123.4 million opening of IT last September.

The film has received some good reviews from critics and also brought in $14.3 internationally for a worldwide opening weekend of over $90 million. Halloween easily delivered the largest opening for the franchise and is already the highest grossing film of the classic horror franchise.

A Star is Born remained in second place with $19.3 million. The film only dropped 32 percent during its third weekend and is now sitting just under $130 million domestically. The film also brought in $22.8 million and now has a worldwide gross of over $200 million.

Venom finally dropped from the top spot and finished in third place with $18.1 million. The anti-hero just crossed $170 million domestically. The film remains the top film at the international box office bringing in $32.3 million. The film has grossed over $460 million worldwide.

Goosebumps 2 remained in fourth place with $9.7 million. The film dropped 39 percent during its second weekend and the domestic gross of the film stands just under $30 million. The film is approaching $40 million at the worldwide box office.

First Man rounds out the top five with $8.6 million and is standing around $30 million domestically. I think this is another film that will be looked at during awards season. The film dropped 46 percent during its second weekend and I’m thinking might be lucky to break $60 million domestically.

The Hate U Give expanded to a wide release and actually moved up three spots to sixth place with $7.5 million and just crossed $10 million domestically. Bad Times at the El Royale dropped 54 percent during its second weekend and finished in ninth place with $3.3 million and stands right around $13 million domestically.

Smallfoot ($6.6 million), Night School ($5 million) and The Old Man and the Gun ($2.1 million) round out the rest of the top ten.

I think that Halloween will repeat as the box office champion next week even though it faces competition from three new wide releases including the action-thriller Hunter Killer starring Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman.

Weekend Gross by Distributor:

Universal: $92.8 million

Sony Pictures: $27.8 million

Warner Bros.: $26.3 million 

20th Century Fox: $10.8 million

Fox Searchlight: $2.2 million

Greenwich: $1 million

Next week’s openings: Hunter Killer, Indivisible, Johnny English Strikes Again


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