Directed by David Gordon Green, the film stars Jamie Lee Curtis once again as Laurie Strode. "Biggest horror movie opening with a female lead", Curtis tweeted, reeling off a list of the movie's achievements.
Universal's reboot of the venerable horror franchise is on track to sell an estimated $77.5 million in tickets at 3,928 theaters in the USA and Canada from Friday through Sunday, winning the weekend and scoring the second-highest October opening ever, behind Venom's $80.3 million earlier this month. In one of Michael Myers' first murders in the new movie, the offscreen voice of a crying baby, Green explained, was provided by none other than Curtis herself. The movie is basically a straight-up sequel to the 1978 classic and disregards any of the previous sequels - including Halloween H:20 - and the Rob Zombie spin-offs. The box office was looking sharp after going under the knife! That's the best opening ever for the 40-year-old slasher series. The film's opening is also the second largest ever for an R-rated horror, topping the $53.8 million opening for The Nun a month ago and behind It's $123.4 million debut last September.
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.
"I am enormously proud of this film,"says Jason Blum". Critics liked it a lot (80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), and audiences dug it as well (the B+ Cinemascore is actually very high for a horror film).
It makes it the biggest debut ever for a horror film with a female lead, and the biggest debut ever for any film with a female lead over 55. In its third weekend in theaters, it collected $18.1 million, bringing its domestic total to $171.1 million.
Rounding out the top five were Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween and First Man, which earned $9.7 and $8.5 million, respectively. That brings its North American tally to $28 million.
While Halloween H20 was initially conceived to be one big 20th-anniversary celebration, the film hasn't lasted the test of time.