HOLLYWOOD—Halloween came early to the box-office this year, and audiences were looking to be scared senseless. The 11th entry in the “Halloween” franchise, amply titled “Halloween,” the 2018 version scared up an impressive $77.5 million haul during its opening weekend. That is the largest in the franchise’s history, besting Rob Zombie’s 2007 remake of John Carpenter’s 1978 classic.
In addition, it was another record opening for the month of October behind “Venom’s” debut just 2 weeks prior. Another record broken by “Halloween” is that it now holds the second highest debut for an R-rated horror film behind 2017’s “It.” If there was any doubt of a sequel, fans of the franchise can put that theory behind them because I’m certain it will happen. The question that remains is who will be involved and how the story will proceed.
Nabbing second place was the drama “A Star is Born” with $19.3 million, overtaking “Venom” for the first time since they were both released in theaters on October 5. The drama has since earned over $125 million at the domestic box-office. Falling to third place was “Venom” with $18.1 million, and has now brought its domestic tally to over $170 million in just three weeks.
The animated flick “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” landed in fourth place with $9.7 million, with the biopic “First Man” rounding out the top five with $8.5 million. Looks like the Ryan Gosling starrer is not intriguing audience’s one bit. Expect “Halloween” to remain on top at the box-office next weekend considering no major releases are expected in theaters, and we’re edging closer to the spooky holiday itself so audience’s will be wanting a scary treat.