'Halloween' slashes franchise record with $77.5 million launch

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In fact, until this weekend, Jamie Lee Curtis' biggest opening weekend was $29 million for Beverly Hills Chihuahua. The horror genre is one of the most enduring in Hollywood, even as the box office has become more challenging, with titles regularly breaching expectations.

Blum adds, "Halloween' brings the franchise back to life in a fresh, relevant and fun way that is winning over fans and critics alike".

According to the official synopsis: "Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago". BoxOfficeMojo.com noted that Halloween did beat Venom on Friday, delivering the largest October opening day of all time with $33.2 million earned. Halloween also had a better debut than the blockbuster horror movies Prometheus (6.3 million), World War Z (7.9 million), Van Helsing (8.3 million), and the 1999 version of The Mummy (8.5 million) but fell short of The Mummy Returns (12 million), I Am Legend (11.2 million), the 2014 Godzilla remake (11.2 million), and all Jurassic Park/World installments.

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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 U.S. and Canada. The follow-up has garnered some of the best reviews for a series entry yet.

Meanwhile, Deadline reports that Venom's deal with the devil has worked out for the comic book movie's worldwide box office, passing the $290.7 million mark this weekend, with a global total of $461.2 million - with China and Japan still set to let the devil into its markets.

Meanwhile, Fox expanded YA drama "The Hate U Give" to 2,303 screens. She also points out that Halloween set a new franchise record for how much money it made on its first weekend. Goosebumps 2 also held its place in the box office ranking fourth while First Man dropped two spots down to number five. Biggest movie opening with a female lead over 55.

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