Jamie Lee Curtis Celebrates 'Halloween' Box Office Success

‘Halloween’ scares up $77.5 million in ticket sales

"Halloween" capitalized on its own brand recognition and the recent popularity of the horror genre to bring in such a big weekend. Should studios just let the franchise die already?

Halloween also broke the opening-weekend record for the slasher subgenre, beating Scream 2's figure that was on top for more than 20 years.

The film is also the second biggest October opener, narrowly pipped by Venom which grossed $80.2m (£61.3m) earlier this month and the second largest R-rated horror ever, beaten only by It, which took in an eye-watering $123.4m (£94.4m) past year.

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The film, which carries a tiny, $10 million production budget, features Jamie Lee Curtis in her iconic role of Laurie Strode and beyond landing well with critics in advance of release, it was equally successful with audiences, earning a "B+"CinemaScore, which is a strong grade for a horror film".

David Gordon Green's "Halloween", a direct sequel to John Carpenter's 1978 classic, obliterated the franchise record opening of $26 million, previously held by the 2007 Rob Zombie reboot. The strategy to open it at the Toronto Film Festival and premiere it in America during Fantastic Fest probably helped, too, but make no mistake: Jamie Lee Curtis was a huge selling point, right along with the October release date. Until this weekend, Curtis' biggest opening was for Beverly Hills Chihuahua at $29 million. That's how much Jamie Lee Curtis should ask for to return for a sequel. The follow-up has garnered some of the best reviews for a series entry yet. Venom is still doing pretty well, dipping only another 48.3% in its third weekend to fall to third place. Even First Man is holding better than expected.

Oddly enough, while it seems like the movies are having an fantastic October, this month is still quite low compared to many other years, even with one more weekend and 10 whole days left to go. The weekend was up almost 72 percent from the same weekend last October and the year to date is up almost 11 percent.

October's box office receipts continue to impress as "Venom" and "A Star Is Born" deliver healthy numbers in their third outings.



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