Jamie Lee Curtis Boasts About ‘Halloween’ Opening Weekend Box Office

Curtis starred in the original 1978 movie Halloween, a classic of the horror genre, and reprises her role as survivor Laurie Strode, still fighting masked killer Michael Myers 40 years later.

This has easily been the biggest opening weekend for director David Gordon Green and co-writer Danny McBride, and surprisingly, even for Jamie Lee Curtis.

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) previous year.

"Halloween" was enough to bump the comic-book film "Venom" out of the No. 1 spot and into third place. This second-biggest October opening weekend is just behind Sony's Venom, which emerged as the best-ever for the month just weeks ago at $80.2 million. It picked up a solid $7.5 million, taking its total earnings to $10.5 million. 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.

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A number of well-received indies also made their debuts.

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. It's also the biggest launch ever with a female lead over 55 years old.

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). 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.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at USA and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. The picture represents another win for Blumhouse Productions and its distributor, Comcast Corp.'s Universal Pictures.

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