Back-to-back box office success for 'Halloween'

Ryan Green  Universal

Ryan Green Universal

This weekend, BlumHouse and Universal creation Halloween grossed $32 million across 3,990 theaers in its second weekend at the box office, finishing at No. 1 and bringing its domestic tally to $126.7 million, making it the top-grossing R-rated horror film since It arrived a year ago.

The sequel to John Carpenter's 1978 original last week notched the biggest opening ever for a film with a female lead over 55.

"A Star is Born", the third remake of the 1937 film, placed second for a third straight week, earning $14.1 million. The film, starring Cooper and Lady Gaga, has grossed $148 million.

Sony's Superhero flick "Venom", which stars Tom Hardy as a journalist-turned-host for an alien creature, held its ground at third place with an estimated $10.8 million take.

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The pre-Halloween weekend is usually one of the quieter frames of the year, and this week's only new wide release, Lionsgate's submarine thriller Hunter Killer, is on track to open with a muted $6.7 million (in 2,720 theaters), good for fifth place.

The original Halloween went on to make $47 million at the box office, which translates to almost $182million in 2018 when you add in inflation and purchasing power.

The Blumhouse Productions film, distributed by Universal Pictures, is already one of the highest grossing slasher films ever, with $126.7 million in ticket sales (plus another $45.6 million international) on just a $10 million budget. It's made $104.6 million internationally.

But considering the positive audience reactions, "Hunter Killer" - which also stars Gary Oldman, Common, Michael Nyqvist, and Linda Cardellini - should at least pick up more interest on Digital/DVD/On Demand. Like previous Butler-led action films like "Den of Thieves", "Geostorm", "London Has Fallen" and "Gods of Egypt", "Hunter Killer" received poor reviews (36 percent "fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes). And ComScore reported a new October record of $789.9M, topping October 2014's $757.1M record.

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In other news, Jonah Hill's feature directorial debut "Mid90s" just scraped into the Top 10 despite only opening in 1,206 theaters. Pure Flix's faith-based war drama "Indivisible" fell flat, earning just $1.5 million in 830 theaters. The film had been tied up for three years in legal disputes, including a suit between Heard and producers over nudity in the film.

With a strong holiday showing, studios might reconsider sitting out around Halloween.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

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