'Halloween' opening weekend breaks box office records

'Halloween' Slices Up a Monster $77.5 Million Opening

So what led to the Halloween franchise delivering such a gargantuan take at the box office?

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga's new movie, A Star Is Born, held on to the second spot for its third weekend with approximately $19.3 million.

Overseas, the film kicked things off with $14.3 million across 23 markets, leading in Mexico with $4.9 million and following behing in the United Kingdom with $3.6 million, bringing its global pull to $91.80 million.

What did you all think of this latest Halloween film? The flick is a direct sequel to the 1978 classic horror film of the same name in which the original scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis returns in her role as Laurie Strode.

Not only that, Variety reports that Halloween is "the best horror opening with a female lead", in addition to Curtis' "biggest opening to date", as well as the "biggest debut ever for a female lead over 55 years old". It earned an 80% score on review site Rotten Tomatoes.

For more on the Halloween franchise, check out GameSpot's ranking of the Halloween films.

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The top 5 is rounded out by the family-friendly spooky sequel Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween in fourth place with $9.7 million and First Man in fifth with $8.5 million.

In the post, Jamie Lee Curtis posted a picture of herself and costars Judy Greer and Andi Matichak from the film.

Halloween debuted in 3,928 theaters this weekend, pulling in an impressive per-screen average of $19,730.

Entering wide release, Sony's critically acclaimed drama The Hate U Give, based on Angie Thomas' novel about a black teen who witnesses the police shooting of a childhood friend, will collect an estimated $7.5 million from 2,303 theaters, in line with expectations and good for sixth place.

The Melissa McCarthy film "Can You Ever Forgive Me", about the literary forger Lee Israel, grossed $150,000 in five locations.

"The industry is on a major roll right now", said comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. "The movie-going experience is as viable and relevant as ever". Final domestic figures will be released Monday. The picture represents another win for Blumhouse Productions and its distributor, Comcast Corp.'s Universal Pictures.

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