Halloween Slashes Competition with $77.5 Million Debut

New 'Halloween' Has A Record Breaking Opening Weekend

Universal's "Halloween", the 11th film in the horror franchise, beat expectations and earned an estimated $77.5 million in North America this weekend. And of course, this is a new milestone for the Halloween franchise alone, more than doubling the previous best debut attendance of Rob Zombie's 2007 remake and the slightly lower number for the original-series sequel Halloween: H20, which was the last to bring back the long-absent Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode (she returned in Halloween: Resurrection, which didn't perform as well). Venom previously had that record, too, with 3.7 million people attending its opening day earlier this month.

Halloween, the reboot of the 1978 classic, has made a killing at the U.S. box office, raking in over $77m (£59m) during its opening weekend.

After a historic opening weekend with her horror hit Halloween, Jamie Lee Curtis took some time on Monday for a little 'boast post'.

She then wrapped things up with the hashtag #womengetthingsdone.

Reviews have been largely positive for the new installment, with an 80 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ Cinema Score from audiences that were mostly older (59 percent over 25) and male (53 percent).

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But the kicker? It only cost $10 million to produce.

Venom which fell two spots landed below A Star is Born which held onto second place for the third week in a row. The film totaled $8.6 million on its second weekend in cinemas and ended up in a terrible fifth place behind Goosebumps 2. The film now sits at $126 million domestically with another $74.7 million from worldwide markets, giving it a global total of $201 million.

Elsewhere, Fox Searchlight's "Can You Ever Forgive Me?", starring Melissa McCarthy, generated $150,000 when it opened in five locations, averaging a huge $30,000 per screen.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at USA and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday. The picture represents another win for Blumhouse Productions and its distributor, Comcast Corp.'s Universal Pictures.

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