Halloween now ranks as the second-highest debut for an October release, set earlier this month by Venom.
We got another October surprise at the box office over the weekend.
October's box office receipts continue to impress as "Venom" and "A Star Is Born" deliver healthy numbers in their third outings.
Jaime Lee Curtis, who returned to the iconic role of scream queen Laurie Strode after starring in the original 40 years ago (not counting the three other sequels she appeared in before), took to Twitter to celebrate and added the hashtag #WomenGetThingsDone. And while Carpenter had very little further involvement in the series, the movie's producers knew that in Michael Myers-aka the Shape--they had a classic horror villain, so the sequels, reboots, and remakes have kept on coming.
For the entire horror genre, Halloween's debut is just above Interview with the Vampire's opening-weekend attendance but is a long way's away from last fall's Stephen King adaptation IT, which sold 13.8 million tickets in its first few days.
That being said, the $77.5 million gross also gives Halloween the second biggest opening ever for a horror movie, falling only behind It. It is also the biggest installment from the franchise and the second-biggest debut for a R-rated horror feature behind September 2017's "It", according to Box Office Mojo. Plus, the critics have liked it, the film now at 80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The studio had expected an opening north of $50 million.
Rounding out the top 5 are "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween" and "First Man", which earned $9.7 and $8.5 million, respectively. Until this weekend, Curtis' biggest opening was for Beverly Hills Chihuahua at $29 million.
Another surprisingly strong showing puts October 54.5 percent ahead of the same frame previous year, as well as 12 percent ahead of 2014's record month, according to comScore.