Halloween breaks box office record for horror movies with a female lead

Halloween breaks box office record for horror movies with a female lead

Have you seen Halloween yet? Halloween's opening is now the #2 highest opening in October, behind Venom by just a few million dollars, and did set the record for the best opening of Blumhouse Productions by besting Paranormal Activity 3's $52.5 million from 2011. Even when adjusting for inflation, the film is already the fourth highest grossing in the series and will likely challenge the 1978 original for the top spot in the franchise.

Even with a strong female lead, Blumhouse faced a backlash to comments of founder Jason Blum, who in an interview cited a lack of female directors to explain why none of his films were directed by women.

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The film still has 46 markets yet to open in including France next weekend followed by Australia, Brazil, Italy, Germany and Spain the following weekend and South Korea on October 31. Adjusted for inflation, Halloween's $77.5 million debut weekend beats out the previous slasher movie record holder, Scream 2, whose $33 million launch in 1997 would be $65 million today, according to Forbes. "The iconic soundtrack, the spooky atmosphere and Michael Meyers" familiar mask are all back to torment Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis). Carpenter served as an executive producer and composed the score with his son, Cody Carpenter, and godson, Daniel Davies. A Star is Born continues to have wonderful legs, jumping above Venom and staying in second place with only a 32.2% drop from last weekend. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer and Andi Matichak, with Nick Castle and James Jude Courtney sharing the role of Michael Myers. In its third weekend in theaters, it collected $18.1 million, bringing its domestic total to $171.1 million. The film totaled $8.6 million on its second weekend in cinemas and ended up in a terrible fifth place behind Goosebumps 2. In an attempt to get back to the roots of Carpenter's original film, the creative team behind the new film chose to completely ditch the intervening forty years of continuity in the interest of simply losing the baggage. The family-friendly sequel, based on the R.L. Stine children's books, stars Wendi McLendon-Covey and Madison Iseman.

And that's not including the $14.3m (£10.9m) made in overseas box offices, either.