Universal and Blumhouse’s “Halloween” topped the weekend with the second largest October opening weekend of all time with $77.5 million debut in 3-days opening.
With only less than $3 million from previous best opening weekend Sony’s “Venom” which earned estimates $80 million debut in 3-days, it made “Halloween” take the second spot. Not only that, “Halloween” also become the second largest opening ever for an R-rated horror, topping “The Nun” which earned $53.8 million debut and behind mega-hit “It” which earned estimates $123.4 debut in september last year.
“Halloween” came with the small budget around $10 million, features Jamie Lee Curtis in her iconic roles as Laurie Strode earning a “B+” in CinemaScore, which is not a bad score for a horror movie, “Halloween” also earning fresh certified with 80% in Rotten Tomatoes.
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), Russia ($1.79m) and Indonesia ($1.09m). The film still has 46 markets yet to open in including France next weekend followed by Australia, Brazil, Italy, Germany and Spain the following weekend and South Korea on October 31.
With “Halloween” take the number 1 spot, we have Warner Bros’s drama – musical “A Star is Born” as number 2 with estimated $19.3 million to its domestic total, which now stands at $126.4 million as it enters its third week in release. The third spot is Sony’s “Venom” which was number 1 last week with the estimated $18.1 million, pushing its domestic cume over $170 million as it too enters its third week in release. Sony also took the fourth spot on the weekend chart with Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, which brought in an estimated $9.7 million for a domestic cume that now totals $28.8 million after ten days in release. Universal’s First Man rounds out the top five, dropping -46% in its second weekend for an estimated $2.35 million three-day and a domestic cume that now stands at $30 million.