'Halloween' slashes franchise record with $77.5-M launch

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Halloween is slaying its box office competition.

It also marked the second highest October opening ever behind "Venom's" $80.3 million launch earlier this month.

"Halloween" also notched the second-best start for an R-rated horror film following the $123-million launch of "It".

Reviews have been largely positive for the new installment, with an 80 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ Cinema Score from audiences that were mostly older (59 percent over 25) and male (53 percent).

Internationally, Halloween brought in an estimated $14.3 million from 23 markets, with Mexico leading the way with a chart-topping $4.9 million opening followed by the U.K. & Ireland ($3.6m), Russian Federation ($1.79m) and Indonesia ($1.09m).

The horror flick grossed $77.5 million (£59.2m) in the USA box office over the three days since its release making it the most successful movie in the Halloween franchise, smashing Rob Zombie's remake, which brought in $58m (£44.3m) in 20017 and Halloween: H20 which earned $55m (£42m) in 1998. Inspired by Carpenter's classic, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film.

Rounding out the top five is Universal's "First Man", which notched $8.5 million this weekend for a total of $30 million.

Entering wide release, Sony's critically acclaimed drama The Hate U Give, based on Angie Thomas' novel about a black teen who witnesses the police shooting of a childhood friend, will collect an estimated $7.5 million from 2,303 theaters, in line with expectations and good for sixth place. The film totaled $8.6 million on its second weekend in cinemas and ended up in a awful fifth place behind Goosebumps 2.

At the specialty box office, Jonah Hill's directorial debut, "Mid90s" secured the best screen average this weekend with a massive $62,375 from four theaters, a total of $249,000. The film is distributed by A24.

And that's not including the $14.3m (£10.9m) made in overseas box offices, either. See the October 19-21 figures below.

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