“Halloween” had a killer debut at the box office, slashing its way to the top of the heap with a massive $77.5-million domestic gross in its opening weekend.
As Variety reports, after just one weekend the film is already the highest-grossing film in the “Halloween” franchise, easily topping the $26 million earned by the 2007 reboot.
Overseas, “Halloween” brought in an additional $14.3 million from 23 markets for a global tally of $91.8 million. Considering the film cost just $10 million to make, the opening-weekend numbers can’t be considered anything but a massive success.
“I am enormously proud of this film,” said producer Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions in a statement. “‘Halloween’ brings the franchise back to life in a fresh, relevant, and fun way that is winning over fans and critics alike.”
The latest “Halloween” is the 11th film in the series and the fifth to star original scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis. “There had been quite some time between the original film,” added Jim Orr, Universal Pictures’ president of domestic distribution. “You combine that with the return of a tremendous star in Jamie Lee Curtis, great writing, great filmmaking. All of that comes together as a perfect storm.”
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.
Rounding out the top 5 are “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” and “First Man”, which earned $9.7 and $8.5 million, respectively.
Following the bombastic box office results, Curtis took to Twitter to share some other spectacular stats about the “Halloween” opening: