That means Halloween was pretty heavily frontloaded, but also Universal could be playing it cool with its estimate and lowballing the weekend total. This coming Friday's openers aren't too promising, either, though Halloween should have a strong second weekend ahead of the titular holiday next Wednesday.
And that's not including the $14.3m (£10.9m) made in overseas box offices, either. 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). Blumhouse was smart, however, to make the 2018 version a direct sequel to the original, and it helped that it was also very good.More news: Egypt says actions "decisive and brave" by Saudi over missing journalist case
Halloween, the reboot of the 1978 classic, has made a killing at the U.S. box office, raking in over $77m (£59m) during its opening weekend.
However, the original director distanced himself from the franchise many years ago, and David Gordon Green took his place in this latest movie.More news: Further US rate hikes 'most likely' needed: Fed minutes
"I'm going for one BOAST post", Curtis wrote of reprising her role as Laurie Strode in Halloween. Until this weekend, Curtis' biggest opening was for Beverly Hills Chihuahua at $29 million. "Audiences are responding to movies big and small right now - You can have your cinematic fast food and fine dining all at once right now". The executive, known for making "Paranormal Activity" a billion-dollar franchise, said he was talking with many female directors in the wake of the controversy.
The new film is positively loaded with references to prior films in the series, including the ones that it is actively writing out of continuity.More news: Legal highs: The drinks companies taking on cannabis
Movie theater attendance was up overall the last few days, with this particular weekend (42nd of the year) posting record-breaking ticket sales of about 18.2 million, the highest on record (that is, since 1982). After "Venom's" two-week reign atop domestic box office charts, Sunday estimates show Sony's superhero movie led by Tom Hardy was narrowly defeated by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's "A Star Is Born" for second place.