"Halloween" is already the biggest movie in the history of the franchise
The classic horror villain Michael Myers returns to Stalk Town Haddonfield, Illinois and old film Laurie Strode ("Jamie Lee Curtis") in "Halloween".
NEW YORK – Michael Meyers – or is it Jamie Lee Curtis? – can not be stopped. "Halloween" dominated the second weekend in North America and made an estimated $ 32 million in ticket sales.
The first four films remained unchanged, according to Hollywood estimates, when Hollywood "Halloween" left to dominate the pre-trick-or-treatment weekend. The sequel to John Carpenter's original from 1978 with 59-year-old Curtis as Laurie Strode made the biggest opening of all time last week for a movie starring a 55-year-old female character.
The new "Halloween" is already the largest film in the history of the franchise and one of the most successful slasher films of all time, with $ 126.7 million in ticket sales (plus another $ 45.6 million internationally ) on only $ 10 million budget. The final episode, directed by David Gordon Green, put in a relatively modest 58 percent – especially good for a horror release – after setting a record for an October debut last weekend.
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Bradley Cooper's acclaimed "A Star Is Born" remained in second place with $ 14 million on its fourth weekend. The film, starring Cooper and Lady Gaga, has so far grossed 148.7 million dollars domestically while proving to be a strong seller abroad. He has earned $ 104.6 million internationally.
The superhero spinoff "Venom" also remained third on the fourth weekend with $ 10.8 million. The comic adaptation with Tom Hardy has grossed $ 504.8 million worldwide.
"Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween," the kid-friendly sequel based on the RL Stine books, finished fourth with $ 7.5 million on the third weekend.  The trio of "Halloween," "Venom," and "A Star Is Born" raised box office to a new peak in October, with monthly ticket sales surpassing the $ 757.1 million record a few days ago in 2014 According to comScore, sales of $ 789.9 million in October – traditionally a pretty sleepy month in cinemas.
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The submarine thriller "Hunter Killer" starring Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman and Common was closed with $ 6.7 million. Like previous butler-led action films like Den of Thieves, Geostorm, London Has Fallen and Gods of Egypt, Hunter Killer received bad reviews (36 percent "fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes) Abroad much better than in the US, something "Hunter Killer" will hope to repeat.
Other films in the national edition also struggled to get close to the strong remnants.
After a Promising Limited Jonah Hill's directorial debut, the coming-of-age skateboard drama "Mid90s", raised a mediocre $ 3 million in just over 1,200 theaters last weekend, the Christian war drama "Indivisible" brought $ 1.6 million on 830 monitors.
"Johnny English Strikes Again," the third film by 15-year-old comedy franchise Rowan Atkinson, opened at just $ 1.6 million, even though it was more international (he's already earning) $ 107.7 million overseas.)
A new bright spot was Luca Guadagnino's remake of the horror classic "Suspiria". Opened in just two theaters, he debuted with a very strong pro-screen average of $ 89,903, a good start for Guadagnino's follow-up to his award film Call Me By Your Name. The new "Suspiria" was somewhat split among the critics (69 percent "fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes).
Final numbers are expected on Monday.
Contribution: Kim Willis
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