‘Halloween’ grabs one of the biggest horror openings ever

Jamie Lee Curtis in new 'Halloween'_00004220

Jamie Lee Curtis in new 'Halloween'_00004220

Along with securing a series best, Halloween also managed to snag the second-best start for an R-rated horror film - that record still belongs to It - as well as the second-highest debut for an October release.

As already mentioned, Halloween's $77.5 million three-day debut was the second largest October opening weekend of all-time, coming less than $3 million shy of the record set by Venom earlier this month.

Internationally, "Halloween" earned $14.3 million from 23 markets.

David Gordon Green directed "Halloween", which brings back Curtis as Laurie Strode and Nick Castle as Michael Myers and essentially ignores the events of the other sequels and spinoffs aside from John Carpenter's original.

Horror-master John Carpenter was executive producer and was joined by lead producer Jason Blum (Get Out and The Purge), so you can probably see why the film is doing so well.

"You take the nostalgia for 'Halloween, ' especially with the return of Jamie Lee Curtis, and you combine that with the Blumhouse brand and its contemporary currency in the genre and it just made for a ridiculously potent combination at the box office this weekend", said Jim Orr, Universal's president of domestic distribution. It's also the biggest launch ever with a female lead over 55 years old.

Fox's The Hate U Give expanded nationwide this weekend after two weeks in limited release, rising to sixth place this weekend for $7.5 million. "A Star Is Born" pocketed another $19.3 million, while "Venom" follows close behind with $18.1 million for solid domestic totals of $126 million and $171 million, respectively. The film totaled $8.6 million on its second weekend in cinemas and ended up in a awful fifth place behind Goosebumps 2. The studio had expected an opening north of $50 million. Damien Chazelle's space epic, which holds a $60-million price tag, dropped roughly 46 percent in its second frame.

The surprising returns for "Halloween" mark another win for Hollywood, which is up 10.6% from the same point a year ago, according to comScore.

At the specialty box office, Jonah Hill's directorial debut, "Mid90s" secured the best screen average this weekend with a massive $62,375 from four theaters, a total of $249,000.