HALLOWEEN Headed Towards Record Breaking Opening Weekend

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Per Variety, Halloween earned $77.5 million (£59.49 million) in its opening weekend and "obliterated the franchise record opening of $26 million" (£19.9 million). Halloween cost just $US10 million, before marketing costs, marking another win for Jason Blum and Blumhouse Productions, who co-financed the film with Miramax. The flick is a direct sequel to the 1978 classic horror film of the same name in which the original scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis returns in her role as Laurie Strode.

This is to say: Halloween's success is a big deal and will hopefully show that audiences would love to see more female protagonists over 55, and more female-led horror, and more over-55-female-led-horror! It's the second highest horror opening of all time, behind last year's "It".

With the actual Halloween holiday falling on a weekday next week, Curtis' film has another full weekend to attract horror movie fans.

Carpenter returned to executive produce and compose the score for the R-rated thriller. More than 80 percent of critics recommended the movie, according to RottenTomatoes.com.

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Entering wide release, Sony's critically acclaimed drama The Hate U Give, based on Angie Thomas' novel about a black teen who witnesses the police shooting of a childhood friend, will collect an estimated $7.5 million from 2,303 theaters, in line with expectations and good for sixth place.

Venom's domestic total was brought to $171.1 million, with $461.8 million worldwide from a $100 million budget. The box office was looking sharp after going under the knife! Star came in second place this weekend with $18.9 million. The film totaled $8.6 million on its second weekend in cinemas and ended up in a awful fifth place behind Goosebumps 2. This weekend's box office itself was up a whopping 71.7% from the same weekend in 2017.

In the indie realm, Jonah Hill's directorial debut Mid90s is setting its own little records, giving A24 two of the year's three best opening-frame per-theater averages to date, according to Deadline. That easily beat the old record for a slasher movie, set in 2009 by a reboot of the Friday the 13th series, and keeps the industry on a record path for October. The 2018 box office remains up 10.6 percent compared to the previous year.