It also marks second biggest debut for a horror film behind last year's "It", which had a $123 million opening. The horror film headlined a massive weekend overall weekend, that saw the top twelve combine for over $160 million, making this the second largest October weekend ever.
Even with a strong female lead, Blumhouse faced a backlash to comments of founder Jason Blum, who in an interview cited a lack of female directors to explain why none of his films were directed by women.
An eagerly awaited new "Halloween" movie killed it at the box office, setting weekend records for the popular slasher genre of horror films. "Halloween brings the franchise back to life in a fresh, relevant and fun way that is winning over fans and critics alike". Universal's "Halloween" is the 11th installment in the series, five of which have starred Jamie Lee Curtis as iconic avenging babysitter Laurie Strode, who is now a grandmother in the newest take. "Audiences are responding to movies big and small right now - You can have your cinematic fast food and fine dining all at once right now". The Hate U Give, meanwhile, expanded into wide release with so-so attendance (0.8 million) but the chance of further success given its rare 'A+' grade via CinemaScore polling. 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. It picked up a solid $7.5 million, taking its total earnings to $10.5 million.More news: Real Madrid set to sack Julen Lopetegui after just 12 games
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"Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween" also cashed in on the spooky spirit, picking up $9.7 million to land in fourth place.
All non-forecast box office figures via Box Office Mojo. Overseas, Halloween will collect an estimated $14.3 million this weekend.
Another surprisingly strong showing puts October 54.5 percent ahead of the same frame a year ago, as well as 12 percent ahead of 2014's record month, according to comScore. This weekend's box office itself was up a whopping 71.7% from the same weekend in 2017.