Jamie Lee Curtis Celebrates 'Halloween' Box Office Success

Tonya Becker
October 24, 2018

"There is nothing about a horror movie that you can entice me with": Jamie Lee Curtis in Sydney before the Australian premiere of the latest Halloween movie.

The only other R-rated horror film to best Halloween's showing was 2017's It, which earned $123.4 million in its first week, but the film did ultimately reign supreme among Halloween-themed movies opening around the holiday. But the film was also a huge win for Curtis, who reprised her role as Laurie Strode, who tries again to escape the clutches of masked killer Michael Myers.

The movie is the highest grossing film in the franchise, beating out the 2007 reboot which only earned $26 million.

For all the twists and plot inventions that filmmakers have been throwing at us over the years-from sibling surprises and unwanted backstories to psychic connections and unusual cults-the Halloween movies remain popular for one simple reason.

Universal and Blumhouse's Halloween, the 11th entry in the log running horror series, took the box office by storm. The sequel is performing modestly but has seen a significant drop from the first film's haul in 2015 which opened to $23.6 million and at the same time had brought in $43.7 million. On a $10 million budget, the film earned a total of $91.8 million, including worldwide openings. In fact, until this weekend, Jamie Lee Curtis' biggest opening weekend was $29 million for Beverly Hills Chihuahua. Critics liked it a lot (80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), and audiences dug it as well (the B+ Cinemascore is actually very high for a horror film).

"I am enormously proud of this film", said producer Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions in a statement. A Star is Born continues to have wonderful legs, jumping above Venom and staying in second place with only a 32.2% drop from last weekend.

Meanwhile, Fox expanded YA drama "The Hate U Give" to 2,303 screens.

After hauling in $7.7 million on its preview night opening, Halloween was expected to bring in $45 to $55 million during its opening, but it smashed that expectation. The film totaled $8.6 million on its second weekend in cinemas and ended up in a awful fifth place behind Goosebumps 2.

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