News // 'HALLOWEEN' SCARES ITS WAY INTO A FIRST PLACE FINISH

Halloween's $77.5 million opening weekend is the second largest October opening of all time.



Universal and Blumhouse's Halloween (#1) toppled the opening weekend box office, coming in number one with $77.5 million. It was only $3 million shy of beating Venom's (#3) record-breaking opening, set just a few weeks ago. But, despite not walking away with that record, it did set a new record for largest October opening day total.


The film, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, should prove fruitful into next weekend, as the Halloween holiday comes and goes without much other horror film offerings.


Overseas, the film opened in 23 markets, brining in an additional $14.3 million.


Though it topped the box office for two weeks in a row, Venom dropped out of the top two spots, making way for the expecting long legs of A Star Is Born (#2). The film, starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, earned another $19.3 million, pushing to a total of over $125 million.


Universal's Oscar hopeful, First Man (#5), stuck around the top five, but is really struggling to make much of a mark on the box office. Many prognosticators were expecting it'd follow the Bridge of Spies and Argo routes and burgeon along throughout the season. Instead, it's slowly dropping after just two weekends in release.


New to the mix, The Hate U Give (#6) went wide to over $2,300 theaters, earning $7.5 million. It earned an impressive A+ CinemaScore and is starting to earn awards buzz, mostly for its star Amandla Stenberg.


Robert Redford's latest, The Old Man & the Gun (#10) expanded to over 800 spots, bringing in $2.05 million.


Other noteworthy releases and expansions include festival favorite The Sisters Brothers (#13), Beautiful Boy (#15), Mid90s (#18), Can You Ever Forgive Me? (#20), Wildlife (#22), and What They Had (#26). This is the time of year when the specialty box office gets the most spotlight before films open wide to audiences everywhere, hoping for buzz and praise to send them to the Oscars stage.


Leaving the Top Ten this weekend are The House with a Clock in Its Walls and A Simple Favor.


Next week, Hunter Killer serves as the widest new release. Pure Flix's Indivisible will hope to wrangle the Christian crowd who may be looking for a Halloween alternative. Plus, Universal will release the comedy Johnny English Strikes Again, a title that's played well overseas in the past few weeks. And, in limited release, Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria will get its first performances.


TOP TEN:

(bold signifies a new release)

1. HALLOWEEN - $77.5 million

2. A STAR IS BORN - $19.3 million

3. VENOM - $18.1 million

4. GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN - $9.715 million

5. FIRST MAN - $8.5 million

6. THE HATE U GIVE - $7.5 million

7. SMALLFOOT - $6.6 million

8. NIGHT SCHOOL - $5 million

9. BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE - $3.3 million

10. THE OLD MAN & THE GUN - $2.05 million


All box office numbers provided by BoxOfficeMojo.com.

© 2018 by Scottie Knollin.

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