New 'Halloween' Has A Record Breaking Opening Weekend

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It's been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night.

Universal's "Halloween", the 11th film in the horror franchise, beat expectations and earned an estimated $77.5 million in North America this weekend.

Directed by David Gordon Green from a script co-written by himself, Jeff Fradley and Danny McBride, the film stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Virginia Gardner, Miles Robbins, Dylan Arnold, Drew Scheid, and Nick Castle. The new Halloween will also mark the series' best debut (blowing past the Rob Zombie remake's $26.4 million) and the second-highest opening for an R-rated horror movie, behind last year's It ($123.4 million).

Meanwhile, Deadline reports that Venom's deal with the devil has worked out for the comic book movie's worldwide box office, passing the $290.7 million mark this weekend, with a global total of $461.2 million - with China and Japan still set to let the devil into its markets. Meanwhile "A Star Is Born" held on to the second place spot for its third weekend with $19.3 million. Biggest horror movie opening with a female lead.

Horror-master John Carpenter was executive producer and was joined by lead producer Jason Blum (Get Out and The Purge), so you can probably see why the film is doing so well.

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"Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween" also cashed in on the spooky spirit, picking up $9.7 million to land in fourth place. The film from 21st Century Fox Inc.'s Fox 2000 Pictures cost $23 million to make, before marketing costs, and it matched predictions for its first wide-release weekend, according to Box Office Mojo.

"The industry is on a major roll right now", said comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. It's also the biggest launch ever with a female lead over 55 years old.

Following behind Mid90s in the indie circuit are Melissa McCarthy's Can You Ever Forgive Me? which raked in $150,000 in five locations, and Paul Dano's directorial debut Wildlife, which opened to $105,614 in four locations.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at USA and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

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