Box Office: ‘Halloween’ Scares Up $32-M at the Weekend

Box Office: ‘Halloween’ Scares Up $32-M at the Weekend
Thanks to VenomA Star Is Born and now Halloween, domestic box office revenue has marked a record for the month, or $790-M, above the prior best set in Y 2014 at $757-M.A sequel to the classic 1978 slasher pic, Halloween grossed $32-M from 3,990 theaters in its 2nd weekend, where it stayed on Top the chart to finish Sunday with a domestic take of $126.7-M. That’s the best showing for an R-rated horror pic since It a year ago, as well as 1 of the Top showings of all time for the genre, not adjusted for inflation.

Halloween beat Venom to Top the foreign chart with $25.6-M from 47 markets for an offshore total of $45.6-M and $172.3-M globally.

Halloween in North America scored 1 of the Top showings ever for the Halloween frame. And the pic has fast become Blumhouse’s Top-grossing title behind Get Out and SplitHalloween‘s 2nd weekend was no doubt aided by getting a berth in some Imax (NYSE:IMAX) theaters that were previously showing Universal’s astronaut drama First Man.

Halloween dropped 58%, a strong hold for a horror title. Box-office analysts say Halloween has already reached profitability.

Holdovers

A Star Is Born, from Warner Bros., stayed at #2 with $14.1-M from 3,904 locations for a domestic take of $148.7-M. Overseas the remake crossed the $100-M mark at the weekend after earning $17.6-M from 75 markets for a foreign take of $104.6-M and $253.3-M at the global box office.

Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) Venom followed domestically with $10.8-M from 3,567 theaters for a North American total of $187.3-M, and earning another $17.3-M offshore from 65 markets for a foreign take of $321.1-M and $504.8-M worldwide.

Sony’s family-friendly Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween earned $7.5-M from 3,723 theaters in its 3rd weekend for a domestic take of $38.3-M and worldwide box office of $62.5-M.

Fox 2000’s acclaimed YA film adaptation The Hate You Give came in sixth in its 2nd weekend in wide release with $5.1-M from 2,375 theaters for an early total of $18.3 million. The movie hopes to have a long run throughout awards season.

First Man continued to struggle in its 3rd weekend, grossed $4.9-M from 2,959 theaters for a total of $37.9-M domestically. Internationally, the film earned $6.3-M from 50 markets for a weak foreign take of $36.6-M and $74.5-M at the worldwide box office.

The new indie faith-based film Indivisible, opening in 830 locations in the US, struggled in its launch with an estimated $1.5-M. The pic is based on the true story of an Army chaplain and his wife who fight to save their marriage with the help of God.

At the specialty box office

The horror remake Suspiria (NASDAQ:AMZN) scored the Top opening average of the year, $89,903, from 2 theaters. That is the best average since Call Me by Your Name at $103,233 rolled out in 4 theaters last November. Suspiria even bested Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, which opened in 2 cinemas in early December 2017 for an average box office of $83,282

Have some fun, see a movie this week.

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