'Halloween' scares up $77.5 million in ticket sales

Halloween review – a slasher classic you just can't kill off

For all the twists and plot inventions that filmmakers have been throwing at us over the years-from sibling surprises and unwanted backstories to psychic connections and unusual cults-the Halloween movies remain popular for one simple reason. Blumhouse has money to make and coming off a $77.5 million opening weekend, you can bet your bottom dollar that the studio is making a sequel a priority.

The horror flick beat an opening weekend record for slasher movies set by the 2009 reboot of "Friday the 13th", which brought in $40.6 million. In fact, until this weekend, Jamie Lee Curtis' biggest opening weekend was $29 million for Beverly Hills Chihuahua. Of course, last week Box Office Pro and others overshot the expectation with the call that Halloween would gross $80 million, basically tying with Venom's attendance record of 9.1 million people.

Second biggest October movie opening ever.

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. The film is executive produced and scored by John Carpenter.

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) a year ago.

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In the film, Curtis reprises her role of Laurie Strode from the 1978 original.

It's hard to say it any other way: Michael Myers made a killing at the box office this weekend.

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).

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 now sits at $126 million domestically with another $74.7 million from worldwide markets, giving it a global total of $201 million. That brings its North American tally to $28 million. Earlier this year, it was revealed only the first film exists in this world.

And that's not including the $14.3m (£10.9m) made in overseas box offices, either.

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