Halloween revival with Jamie Lee Curtis kills it at the box office

Posted October 23, 2018

The studio also says it's the biggest movie opening ever with a female lead over 55, in star Jamie Lee Curtis.

The opening weekend also represents more than seven times the $10 million production budget.

The 40-years-later sequel to John Carpenter's 1978 original, where Curtis made her big screen debut, Halloween carved up a $77.5 million opening, giving producer Blumhouse its latest horror hit.

I'm going for one BOAST post, ' Curtis began.

Forty years later, Michael Myers is still drawing huge audiences to the movie theaters for a good scare. The new horror flick, co-produced by Blumhouse and Miramax, cost only $10 million to make.

"You combine that with the return of a tremendous star in Jamie Lee Curtis, great writing, great filmmaking".

Cast member Jamie Lee Curtis poses at a premiere for the movie "Halloween" in Los Angeles, California, U.S., October 17, 2018. And the direct sequel to the original's reviews happen to be the franchise's best since that first movie. Those who rushed out for that frontloaded Friday were mostly satisfied, though its "B+' grade via CinemaScore polling puts its reception on par with that of Halloween: Resurrection". Venom is still doing pretty well, dipping only another 48.3% in its third weekend to fall to third place.

Rounding out the top five this weekend are Warner Bros'. music-driven romance A Star Is Born, with about $19.3 million; Sony's superhero movie Venom, with about $18.1 million; Sony's kid-friendly chiller Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, with about $9.7 million; and Universal's Neil Armstrong biopic First Man, with about $8.6 million.

Oddly enough, while it seems like the movies are having an unbelievable October, this month is still quite low compared to many other years, even with one more weekend and 10 whole days left to go. The horror genre is one of the most enduring in Hollywood, even as the box office has become more challenging, with titles regularly breaching expectations. The weekend was up almost 72 percent from the same weekend last October and the year to date is up almost 11 percent.