'Halloween' Slices Up a Monster $77.5 Million Opening

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

Only costing $10 million to produce, Halloween has earned an estimated $77.5 million this weekend, making it the second biggest October opening ever. That said, Halloween did deliver the largest October opening day of all-time, topping Venom's $32.5 million. The film's opening is also the second largest ever for an R-rated horror, topping the $53.8 million opening for The Nun a month ago and behind It's $123.4 million debut last September.

Blast from the past: Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode, who debuted in the 1978 original horror classic Halloween. Overall, it played to a crowd that was 53% male and 59% were age 25 or older, The film should play well over the coming weeks, especially with its namesake holiday just around the corner.

Overseas, "Halloween" generated $14.3 million from 23 markets for a global start of $91.8 million. The follow-up has garnered some of the best reviews for a series entry yet. Critics liked it a lot (80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), and audiences dug it as well (the B+ Cinemascore is actually very high for a horror film).

Other films to make the top 10 include social justice drama The Hate u Give with $7.7 million, animated comedy adventure film Smallfoot with $6.7 million, and the neo-noir thriller film Bad Times at the El Royale with $3.5 million. The two hits, along with the strong showing of "A Star Is Born", have contributed to an unusually healthy month for exhibitors and studios. Star came in second place this weekend with $18.9 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.

At the specialty box office, Jonah Hill's directorial debut, "Mid90s" secured the best screen average this weekend with a massive $62,375 from four theaters, a total of $249,000.

Another surprisingly strong showing puts October 54.5 percent ahead of the same frame previous year, as well as 12 percent ahead of 2014's record month, according to comScore.

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