Published: Wed, October 24, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Halloween breaks box office record for horror movies with a female lead

Halloween breaks box office record for horror movies with a female lead

These figures also surpass that of Marvel's alien-superhero film Venom, which grossed an impressive $80.2 million gross on its opening weekend.

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. Plus, the critics have liked it, the film now at 80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

"I am enormously proud of this film", said Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions, who co-financed the film with Miramax.

Halloween is slaying its box office competition. The reboot/sequel (reborquel) to John Carpenter's 1978 original brought back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode; had the original movie's director, John Carpenter, as executive producer; and brought in the talented David Gordon Green to handle directing duties while working from a script by Danny McBride. Star Jamie Curtis celebrated Sunday with what she called a "boast post". Coupled with Halloween's $14.3 million global opening gross, the slasher movie made a total $91.8 million worldwide.

"Biggest horror movie opening with a female lead".

But the kicker? It only cost $10 million to produce.

Meanwhile, "A Star Is Born" continues to drive fans to theatres, with a $19.3-million domestic take in its second weekend to secure the #2 spot in its third weekend, while "Venom" (also in its third week) is also going strong, taking the third-place spot with $19.3 million domestically. The studio had expected an opening north of $50 million.

"The Hate U Give", now in 2,303 locations, placed sixth with $7.5 million, and "The Old Man & The Gun" took 10th with $2.1 million from 802 locations. After all, it's no mistake that some of the final images of the film are the effigy of Michael Myers being burned away, while the young female "hero" (Allyson) now holds claim to the bloody (and phallic) symbol of Michael's power (his killing knife).

Box office receipts total $9.54 billion so far this year, up about 11 percent from a year earlier, ComCcore reported.

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