'Halloween' Breaks Box Office Records With Massive October Opening

Toby Graves
October 23, 2018

Damien Chazelle's Neil Armstrong biopic "First Man" tumbled to fifth place in its second weekend earning $8.6 million, down 46 percent from its launch. The film has now brought in $10.6 million at the domestic box office.

It also marks second biggest debut for a horror film behind last year's "It", which had a $123 million opening. He also insisted that this "Halloween" will be the final sequel.

The film is officially killing it at the box office, setting weekend records in America for the popular slasher genre of horror films. "A lot of fans surely came out for the return of the real Michael Myers without any of the prior sequels" baggage and to watch Jamie Lee Curtis as a heavily armed survivor looking to kill her assailant of 40 years ago. Until this weekend, Curtis' biggest opening was for Beverly Hills Chihuahua at $29 million.

Curtis also celebrated via Twitter, writing: "OK, I'm going for one BOAST post", adding the hash tag #WomenGetThingsDone. The reboot/sequel (reborquel) to John Carpenter's 1978 original brought back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode; had the original movie's director, John Carpenter, as executive producer; and brought in the talented David Gordon Green to handle directing duties while working from a script by Danny McBride. "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. Biggest Halloween opening ever".

"The Hate U Give", about a wrongful shooting by a police officer, was the only other new movie in wide release, expanding to more than 2,300 theaters. But no matter which style or version your prefer in the franchise, we're ranking every Halloween movie made and sorting them by Tomatometer!

Movie theater attendance was up overall the last few days, with this particular weekend (42nd of the year) posting record-breaking ticket sales of about 18.2 million, the highest on record (that is, since 1982).

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.

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