'Halloween' opening weekend breaks box office records

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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).

Reuniting original star Curtis and the world created by horror filmmaker John Carpenter, the film has collected an estimated $US77.5 million ($109 million) in theatres in the USA and Canada.

Overseas, the film kicked things off with $14.3 million across 23 markets, leading in Mexico with $4.9 million and following behing in the United Kingdom with $3.6 million, bringing its global pull to $91.80 million. "Halloween brings the franchise back to life in a fresh, relevant and fun way that is winning over fans and critics alike". Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode as does Nick Castle as Michael "The Shape" Myers. Halloween also had the tenth best opening for an R-rated movie of any genre. And is the highest grossing horror movie with a female lead.

The film received a "B+" CinemaScore from opening day audiences.

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

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October's box-office receipts continue to impress as "Venom" and "A Star Is Born" deliver healthy numbers in their third outings. "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. The film totaled $8.6 million on its second weekend in cinemas and ended up in a terrible fifth place behind Goosebumps 2. In North America, the animated family film has amassed $66 million.

Rounding out the top five is Universal's "First Man", which notched $8.5 million this weekend for a total of $30 million. Damien Chazelle's space epic, which holds a $60-million price tag, dropped roughly 46 percent in its second frame.

Next weekend, Halloween will try to defend its box office title by going up against Lionsgate's submarine action-thriller Hunter Killer, starring Gerard Butler, and PureFlix's faith-based drama Indivisible.

October has never been a particularly strong box office month, but 2018 has helped to change that.

Box office receipts total $9.54 billion so far this year, up about 11 percent from a year earlier, ComCcore reported.

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