Halloween scares away the competition at the box office

Reuniting Jamie Lee Curtis and the world created by horror filmmaker John Carpenter, the film collected an estimated $77.5 million in theaters in the US and Canada, ComScore Inc. said in an email Sunday.

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.

The film is also the second biggest October opener, narrowly pipped by Venom which grossed $80.2m (£61.3m) earlier this month and the second largest R-rated horror ever, beaten only by It, which took in an eye-watering $123.4m (£94.4m) previous year.

"Halloween" was enough to bump the comic-book film "Venom" out of the No. 1 spot and into third place.

A Star is Born nabbed the No. 2 global spot, bringing its global gross to $74.7 million and shooting past the $200 million mark for its total worldwide tally. "Halloween" is now Curtis' biggest opening to date, as well as the best horror opening with a female lead. Halloween certainly had huge brand recognition - the 1978 original jumpstarted the Golden Age of slasher films and spawned seven sequels, a remake and a sequel to the remake.

Venom's domestic total was brought to $171.1 million, with $461.8 million worldwide from a $100 million budget.

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Cast member Jamie Lee Curtis poses at a premiere for the movie "Halloween" in Los Angeles, California, U.S., October 17, 2018.

"Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween" also cashed in on the spooky spirit, picking up $9.7 million to land in fourth place. The studio had expected an opening north of $50 million.

"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.

The new Halloween movie crushed the competition at the US/Canada box office this weekend. At the top was Jonah Hill's directorial debut "Mid90s", which opened in four theaters with $249,500 (or a $62,375 per theater average). The weekend was up almost 72 percent from the same weekend last October and the year to date is up almost 11 percent.

This is to say: Halloween's success is a big deal and will hopefully show that audiences would love to see more female protagonists over 55, and more female-led horror, and more over-55-female-led-horror!

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