Halloween revival with Jamie Lee Curtis kills it at the box office

Halloween slashes its way to the top of the box office with $77.5M

Box Office: ‘Halloween’ Kills Competition with Historic $80M Debut

Universal's "Halloween" is the 11th installment in the series, five of which have starred Jamie Lee Curtis as iconic avenging babysitter Laurie Strode, who is now a grandmother in the newest take.

Reuniting Jamie Lee Curtis and the world created by horror filmmaker John Carpenter, the film collected an estimated $77.5 million in theaters in the USA and Canada, ComScore Inc. said in an email Sunday.

David Gordon Green's "Halloween", a direct sequel to John Carpenter's 1978 classic, obliterated the franchise record opening of $26 million, previously held by the 2007 Rob Zombie reboot.

Thus far, Halloween is the second-highest opening of all time, falling behind Stephen King's record-breaker, It, released past year. You can read our own Princess Weekes' review of the film here. "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.

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.

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"Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween" also cashed in on the spooky spirit, picking up $9.7 million to land in fourth place.

An eagerly awaited new "Halloween" movie killed it at the box office, setting weekend records for the popular slasher genre of horror films. The Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga drama has grossed $126.4 million from North American theaters and is cruising to break $200 million worldwide Sunday.

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! Box Office Mojo reports that it lagged behind last year's It, which raked in $123 million its first weekend, though it beat out The Nun, which kicked off with $53.8 million last month. At the top was Jonah Hill's directorial debut "Mid90s", which opened in four theaters with $249,500 (or a $62,375 per theater average). "The movie-going experience is as viable and relevant as ever".

Overall box office is up 10.6 percent year-to-date, according to ComScore.

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