Halloween: Jamie Lee Curtis reboot breaks U.S. box office record

This has easily been the biggest opening weekend for director David Gordon Green and co-writer Danny McBride, and surprisingly, even for Jamie Lee Curtis. Earlier this month "Venom" notched a record setting $80 million, the best October debut on the books.

"I'm going for one BOAST post", Curtis wrote of reprising her role as Laurie Strode in Halloween.

An eagerly awaited new "Halloween" movie killed it at the box office, setting weekend records for the popular slasher genre of horror films. In fact, until this weekend, Jamie Lee Curtis' biggest opening weekend was $29 million for Beverly Hills Chihuahua. 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.

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Outside the US, Halloween generated $USS14.3 million from 23 markets for a global start of $91.8 million.

She then wrapped things up with the hashtag #womengetthingsdone. 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).

"The Hate U Give", now in 2,303 locations, placed sixth with $7.5 million, and "The Old Man & The Gun" took 10th with $2.1 million from 802 locations.

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That means Halloween was pretty heavily frontloaded, but also Universal could be playing it cool with its estimate and lowballing the weekend total.

All non-forecast box office figures via Box Office Mojo. Rounding out the top five is Universal's "First Man", which notched $8.5 million this weekend for a total of $30 million.

Meanwhile "A Star Is Born" held on to second place in its third weekend with $19.3 million. It is also the biggest installment from the franchise and the second-biggest debut for a R-rated horror feature behind September 2017's "It", according to Box Office Mojo.

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

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