It is also the biggest installment from the franchise and the second-biggest debut for a R-rated horror feature behind September 2017's "It", according to Box Office Mojo.
Forty years after he first appeared in theaters, Michael Myers is still drawing huge audiences for a good scare. It's also the second-best R-rated horror movie opening of all time (IT, released past year, holds that title) and the best opening for any movie in the Halloween franchise, of which there have been 11 (!) entries, all of which the latest movie acts like never happened, at least until the next reboot.
I think they've accomplished their mission, even if, during the film's brisk 104 minute run time, you get the sense that Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) has HAD encounters with her "evil twin" sporadically over the last 40 years. Coupled with Halloween's $14.3 million global opening gross, the slasher movie made a total $91.8 million worldwide. On a $10 million budget, the film earned a total of $91.8 million, including worldwide openings. The new horror flick, co-produced by Blumhouse and Miramax, cost only $10 million to make. While the last few iterations have been panned, "Halloween" holds a 80 percent average on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ CinemaScore. Over the weekend the film opened to a massive $75M haul making it the biggest opening for any Halloween film ever.
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. The film has now brought in $10.6 million at the domestic box office. Rounding out the top five is Universal's "First Man", which notched $8.5 million this weekend for a total of $30 million.
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.