The only other R-rated horror film to best Halloween's showing was 2017's It, which earned $123.4 million in its first week, but the film did ultimately reign supreme among Halloween-themed movies opening around the holiday. It's also the second-best R-rated horror movie opening of all time (IT, released previous year, holds that title) and the best opening for any movie in the Halloween franchise, of which there have been 11 (!) entries, all of which the latest movie acts like never happened, at least until the next reboot. The result of the battle (more on that below) seemed to leave the Halloween franchise in a very decisively final place - but now we're learning there was also an alternative plan for how the movie could've ended.
While John didn't receive the accolades that he wanted at the height of his career, thankfully, at least his movies are finally receiving the credit - and box office numbers - they deserve.
The latest installment in the Halloween series sees the return of Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) vs. Michael Myers. That is huge, and easily the biggest opening weekend for any of the principals associated with this film (David Gordon Green, Danny McBride and Jamie Lee Curtis).
"Halloween" did better than any of its predecessors, and it also snagged the second-highest October opening ever behind "Venom", which took in $80.3 million earlier this month.
Thus far, Halloween is the second-highest opening of all time, falling behind Stephen King's record-breaker, It, released past year. It earned an 80% score on review site Rotten Tomatoes.
A Star Is Born kept strong this weekend and took the number two spot at the box office with $19.3 million.
Meanwhile, Fox expanded YA drama "The Hate U Give" to 2,303 screens. In its third weekend in theaters, it collected $18.1 million, bringing its domestic total to $171.1 million. The studio had expected an opening north of $50 million. "Biggest Halloween opening ever". Rounding out the top five is Universal's "First Man", which notched $8.5 million this weekend for a total of $30 million.