Halloween: Jamie Lee Curtis Reacts to Film's Record-Shattering Reception

Halloween: Jamie Lee Curtis Reacts to Film's Record-Shattering Reception

That strong three-day number gave the film the second-best opening ever for an October, trailing only Venom, which earlier this month booked an $80 million (Sh8.1 billion) debut. And is the highest grossing horror movie with a female lead. What's more, director David Gordon Green has already expressed interest in returning for the sequel, and Jason Blum, naturally, has said he hopes this is the first of many Blumhouse Halloween films. More than 80 percent of critics recommended the movie, according to RottenTomatoes.com.

After hauling in $7.7 million on its preview night opening, Halloween was expected to bring in $45 to $55 million during its opening, but it smashed that expectation. There are plenty of homages to the first film, from the signature floating shots that follow Michael's killing spree to Carpenter's insistent 5/4 semitonal score, revisited here by the maestro in collaboration with his son, Cody Carpenter, and godson Daniel Davies. With The Shape back behind the mask and Jamie Lee Curtis' Laurie Strode back to battle him, Blumhouse's sequel set the stage for the ultimate showdown between the iconic slasher villain and his equally iconic final girl.

"This woman faces the beast in a very clever, beautifully filmed, well-acted, taut, terrifying 90 minutes in a movie theatre, at a time when the world feels out of control".

Columbia Pictures' Venom fell to third place, adding another $18.1 million to its domestic total The Spider-Man less spin-off now sits at $171 million with $290.7 million internationally.

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Holding tight in second spot was Warner Bros musical drama A Star Is Born, with ticket sales of $19.1 million (Sh1.9 billion). The film totaled $8.6 million on its second weekend in cinemas and ended up in a terrible fifth place behind Goosebumps 2. It placed sixth with $7.5 million after nearly unanimous recommendations from critics.

In limited release, Jonah Hill's directorial debut, Mid90s, is arriving in four theaters with an estimated $249,500, which works out to a robust per-screen average of $62,375.

"The industry is on a major roll right now", said comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian.

Second biggest October movie opening ever.

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