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Halloween slays at box office, and Jamie Lee Curtis tweet goes viral

23 October 2018

Jamie Lee Curtis should be in high spirits when she takes to the black carpet in Sydney on Tuesday for the Australian premiere of her eagerly awaited new Halloween movie. The strategy to open it at the Toronto Film Festival and premiere it in America during Fantastic Fest probably helped, too, but make no mistake: Jamie Lee Curtis was a huge selling point, right along with the October release date. The film totaled $8.6 million on its second weekend in cinemas and ended up in a awful fifth place behind Goosebumps 2. The new Halloween will also mark the series' best debut (blowing past the Rob Zombie remake's $26.4 million) and the second-highest opening for an R-rated horror movie, behind last year's It ($123.4 million).

"I am enormously proud of this film", said Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions, who co-financed the film with Miramax.

Internationally, Halloween brought in an estimated $14.3 million from 23 markets, with Mexico leading the way with a chart-topping $4.9 million opening followed by the U.K. & Ireland ($3.6m), Russian Federation ($1.79m) and Indonesia ($1.09m). Until this weekend, Curtis' biggest opening was for Beverly Hills Chihuahua at $29 million. Both Curtis and Carpenter serve as producers on the series revival, which discounts every other entry except the original film.

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The film now has 80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7.6 on IMDB.

As already mentioned, Halloween's $77.5 million three-day debut was the second largest October opening weekend of all-time, coming less than $3 million shy of the record set by Venom earlier this month.

With 10 days to go until the holiday, including another weekend, the studio expects "Halloween" to enjoy a much longer life than typical horror films that usually drop off significantly after the first weekend. It picked up a solid $7.5 million, taking its total earnings to $10.5 million.

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The surprising returns for "Halloween" mark another win for Hollywood, which is up 10.6% from the same point previous year, according to comScore.

We got another October surprise at the box office over the weekend.

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