It also marked the second-best showing of all time for the month of October, trailing slightly behind the record of $80 million, set by Venom earlier in the month. The horror film headlined a massive weekend overall weekend, that saw the top twelve combine for over $160 million, making this the second largest October weekend ever.
Curtis shared the news in a tweet, writing that she's "going for one BOAST post".
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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). 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.
According to the official synopsis: "Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago". Halloween cost just $US10 million, before marketing costs, marking another win for Jason Blum and Blumhouse Productions, who co-financed the film with Miramax.
For more on the Halloween franchise, check out GameSpot's ranking of the Halloween films. It earned an 80% score on review site Rotten Tomatoes. In its third weekend in theaters, it collected $18.1 million, bringing its domestic total to $171.1 million.
Fox's The Hate U Give expanded nationwide this weekend after two weeks in limited release, rising to sixth place this weekend for $7.5 million.
This new Halloween comes as the hit horror franchise celebrates its 40th Anniversary, with the original classic by director John Carpenter opening on October 27, 1978. The film totaled $8.6 million on its second weekend in cinemas and ended up in a terrible fifth place behind Goosebumps 2.
While John didn't receive the accolades that he wanted at the height of his career, thankfully, at least his movies are finally receiving the credit - and box office numbers - they deserve. The studio had expected an opening north of $50 million.
Another surprisingly strong showing puts October 54.5 percent ahead of the same frame past year, as well as 12 percent ahead of 2014's record month, according to comScore. The 2018 box office remains up 10.6 percent compared to the previous year.