Box Office: ‘Halloween’ Scares Up  $77.5-M to Top the List

Box Office: ‘Halloween’ Scares Up  $77.5-M to Top the List

Box Office: ‘Halloween’ Scares Up  $77.5-M to Top the List

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Halloween marks the 2nd-best debut of all time for an R-rated horror film, as well as the 2nd biggest ever for the month of October.

Trick or Treat took on a new meaning at the weekend box office, where Blumhouse and Universal’s Halloween scared up $77.5-M from 3,920 theaters, the 2nd-best showing of all time for an R-rated horror pic.It also scored the 2nd-best debut ever for the month of October, coming in not far behind the record set by Venom earlier this month at $80-M. Overseas, Halloween saw a global open of $91.80-M.

In addition to stellar reviews, Halloween garnered a B+ CinemaScore, a good grade for the genre. Males made up 53% of ticket buyers, while nearly 60% of the audience was over the age of 25.

A Star Is Born Topped Venom for the 1st time at the weekend.

Both films, now in their 3rd frame, grossed $19.3-M and $18.1-M, respectively, to claim the #’s 2 and 3 spots on the chart.

A Star Is Born has now grossed a stellar $126.4-M in North America, in addition to passing the $200-M mark at the worldwide box office.

Venom‘s domestic total through Sunday is an even bigger $171.1-M for Sony (NYSE:SNE) as it nears the $500-m pic globally. The Superhero pic stayed atop the chart overseas with $33.3-M for a foreign tally of $290.7-M and $461.8-M worldwide.

Sony took the #4 spot in North America with Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. The family-friendly film earned an estimated $9.7-M in its 2nd weekend for a domestic total of $28.8-M and early worldwide box office of $39.9-M.

In its 2nd weekend, Universal’s First Man struggled, coming in # 5 with $8.6-M for a 10-day domestic total of roughly $30-M. The film fell 46%, Overseas, First Man took in just $13.4 million from 47 markets for a foreign take of $25.5-M and $55.5-M worldwide

Fox 2000 expanded its YA police-shooting drama The Hate U Give into roughly 2,300 theaters. The film earned an A+ CinemaScore and came in #6 with $7.5-M.

At the specialty box office

Jonah Hill’s directorial debut, A24’s Mid90s. The coming-of-age dramedy, debuting in 4 theaters, posted the best screen average of the weekend with $62,377.

IFC’s critical darling Wildlife reported a screen average of $26,403 from 4 theaters.

Fox Searchlight’s Can You Ever Forgive Me? followed with a screen average of $30,000 upon opening in 5 cinemas.

Bleecker Street’s What They Had, debuting in 4 locations reported a screen average of $4,711.

In its 2nd weekend, Amazon Studio’s Beautiful Boy upped its theater count to 48 cinemas for a screen average of $9,147.

Have some fun, see a movie this week.

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