Blumhouse Productions, the horror movie powerhouse run by Jason Blum, scored another major victory at the box office with Halloween, a sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 classic.
With Jamie Lee Curtis back as the iconic babysitter Laurie Strode, now a grandmother but still haunted after all these years by a masked figure called Michael Meyers, the new Halloween opened with $77.5 million, the second best October debut of all times and not too far behind the record set by Venom just a few weeks ago with $80 million. Overseas, the new Universal/Blumhouse production, directed by David Gordon Green, generated $14.3 million from 23 markets, with Mexico leading the way with $4.9 million, followed by the U.K. with $3.6 million. After a few days of release and with major markets still to come next week, the global cumulative for Halloween stands at $92 million. Not so bad for a film with a reported production cost below $15 million. And that it also had the satisfaction of pretty good reviews and a B+ CinemaScore
The second spot on the domestic charts went to A Star Is Born with $19.3 million, it narrowly beat Venom at $18.3 million. The acclaimed musical drama, directed by and starring Bradley Cooper along with Lady Gaga, has generated $126.4 million in North America while passing the $200 million mark globally. It had an excellent debut in Australia, with $4.7 million. The U.K generated an extra $3.9 million, for a total so far of $19.5 million. France’s cumulative is at $6.6 million, followed by Germany with $5.4 million and Italy with $4.3 million.
With a third place on the domestic market, Sony’s Venom is still a force to be reckoned with, as it topped the overseas charts for the third week in a row. The foreign tally is close to $300 million, and when you add $171 million domestic, the Tom Hardy superhero film could easily pass the $600 million mark, also because it hasn’t landed yet in two major markets: China and Japan.
The fourth place in the domestic box office was claimed by another Sony title, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. In its second week, the family film earned $9.7 million for a total of $28.8 million. Globally, it stands at $40 million.
It was also the second outing for First Man, the story of Neil Armstrong’s landing in the Moon back in 1969 with La La Land director Damien Chazelle reuniting with Ryan Gosling. It added $8.6 million domestically, good for a fifth spot and a total of $30 million. Overseas, First Man got $13.4 million out of 47 markets, for a worldwide total of $55.5 million. Korea had a good start with $3.5 million. Italy, Germany, and Mexico are about to open in the next two weeks.
Fox 2000 expanded The Hate U Give to over 2,000 theaters, earning $7.5 million and a sixth spot on the domestic market. The police shooting drama, based on Angie Thomas’ best-seller and directed by George Tillman Jr., is one of many films seen as possible awards contenders. There were other new entries in this category, including Mid90s, Jonah Hill’s directorial debut; Wildlife, Paul Dano’s directorial debut starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan; Can You Ever Forgive Me?, starring Melissa McCarthy in a dramatic role; and Beautiful Boy, starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet.