Michael Myers is back and brought all the money with him.
While there was no doubt that Halloween (2018) was going to be the big winner at the box office this weekend, there were questions about how big the the total would be for its debut. Hype was huge, as was critical acclaim, which began at the film’s screening at TIFF in September. Plus, Jamie Lee Curtis has done everything she can to let people know about the movie, and it’s relevance to the world we find ourselves in today. When it was all said and done, Halloween arrived with a huge $77.5 million, a best for the franchise and for Blumhouse, who produced and co-financed the movie. It’s also the second best October debut ever, with this year’s Venom holding top spot with $80 million. Do it right, and clearly, there’s life in those classic horror franchises still.
As for the rest of the top five, A Star Is Born held on to second place with $19 million. Venom was right behind it in third place with $18 million. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween was in fourth place with $9.7, while the failing First Man fell to fifth place with $8.5 million.
So, to recap, here were our predictions:
1) Halloween (2018) – $75 million
2) A Star Is Born – $20 million
3) Venom – $19 million
4) Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween – $11 million
5) First Man – $9.5 million
And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:
1) Halloween (2018) – $77.5 million
2) A Star Is Born – $19 million
3) Venom – $18 million
4) Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween – $9.7 million
5) First Man – $8.5 million
Next weekend sees the release Hunter Killer and Johnny English. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!