"Halloween" is now Curtis' biggest opening to date, as well as the best horror opening with a female lead. The horror genre is one of the most enduring in Hollywood, even as the box office has become more challenging, with titles regularly breaching expectations. Until this weekend, Curtis' biggest opening was for Beverly Hills Chihuahua at $29 million.
Reports state that the sequel to John Carpenter's 1978 film earned $77.5 million, making it the franchise's best opening, the second-best start for an R-rated horror film (right behind It), and the second-highest debut for an October release (behind this month's Venom).
Speaking with CinemaBlend, legendary star Jamie Lee Curtis - who returns as Laurie Strode in the new film - explained why 2018's Halloween had to wipe away the prior entries and simply put, it's because the continuity makes no sense and it would've been impossible to make a movie that addressed all of it. Carpenter served as an executive producer and composed the score with his son, Cody Carpenter, and godson, Daniel Davies. Critics liked it a lot (80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), and audiences dug it as well (the B+ Cinemascore is actually very high for a horror film).
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Warner Bros. Pictures' A Star is Born held onto the second place position once again with another $19.3 million., dropping just 32.2% weekend to weekend.
Like the 20th-anniversary outing Halloween H20, which effectively overrode instalments four to six (the superior Halloween III: Season of the Witch follows an entirely separate narrative), this latest incarnation effectively dumps the sequels and simply picks up 40 years after the events of the first film, with surprisingly sprightly results.
20th Century Fox's adaptaion of the book The Hate U Give opened in wide release and took in $7.5 million across 2300 theaters (an expansion of two thousand new screens).
Rounding out the top five were Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween and First Man, which earned $9.7 and $8.5 million, respectively.