Published: Wed, October 24, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Halloween: Jamie Lee Curtis reboot breaks U.S. box office record

Halloween: Jamie Lee Curtis reboot breaks U.S. box office record

In fact, until this weekend, Jamie Lee Curtis' biggest opening weekend was $29 million for Beverly Hills Chihuahua.

Halloween recounts the return of homicidal masked figure Michael Myers (Nick Castle) 40 years after he set off on a bloody Halloween night killing spree.

The sequel, which stars Jamie Lee Curtis, adds to a blockbuster October. The film's opening is also the second largest ever for an R-rated horror, topping the $53.8 million opening for The Nun a month ago and behind It's $123.4 million debut last September.

The movie cost just $10 million to make, before marketing costs, and was projected to debut to as much as $70 million, according to Box Office Mojo. "Biggest horror movie opening with a female lead", Curtis tweeted, reeling off a list of the movie's achievements.

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. Venom previously had that record, too, with 3.7 million people attending its opening day earlier this month.

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

"Halloween", which is a direct follow-up to the original "Halloween" and skips over the sequels in between, has been well-received by critics, with an 80 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga drama has grossed $126.4 million from North American theaters and is cruising to break $200 million worldwide Sunday.

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.

Sony Pictures' Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween held the fourth place position with $9.715 million, bringing the domestic total to $28.8 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. "The movie-going experience is as viable and relevant as ever".

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