by Brad BrevetWith a staggering, $77.5 million debut, Universal and Blumhouse’s Halloween topped the weekend with the second largest October opening weekend of all-time.
The horror film headlined a massive weekend overall weekend, that saw the top twelve combine for over $160 million, making this the second largest October weekend ever.
As already mentioned, Halloween’s $77.5 million three-day debut was the second largest October opening weekend of all-time, coming less than $3 million shy of the record set by Venom earlier this month.
That said, Halloween did deliver the largest October opening day of all-time, topping Venom’s $32.5 million.
The film’s opening is also the second largest ever for an R-rated horror, topping the $53.8 million opening for The Nun a month ago and behind It’s $123.4 million debut last September.
The film, which carries a tiny, $10 million production budget, features Jamie Lee Curtis in her iconic role of Laurie Strode and beyond landing well with critics in advance of release, it was equally successful with audiences, earning a “B+” CinemaScore, which is a strong grade for a horror film.
Overall, it played to a crowd that was 53% male and 59% were age 25 or older, The film should play well over the coming weeks, especially with its namesake holiday just around the corner.
Internationally, Halloween brought in an estimated $14.3 million from 23 markets, with Mexico leading the way with a chart-topping $4.9 million opening followed by the U.K. & Ireland ($3.6m), Russia ($1.79m) and Indonesia ($1.09m).