'Halloween' Breaks Box Office Records With Massive October Opening

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Only costing $10 million to produce, Halloween has earned an estimated $77.5 million this weekend, making it the second biggest October opening ever.

It's been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night.

Halloween, the reboot of the 1978 classic, has made a killing at the USA box office, raking in over $77m (£59m) during its opening weekend.

What did you all think of this latest Halloween film? The Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga drama has grossed $126.4 million from North American theaters and is cruising to break $200 million worldwide Sunday. The box office was looking sharp after going under the knife! The picture represents another win for Blumhouse Productions and its distributor, Comcast Corp.'s Universal Pictures.

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Directed by David Gordon Green, Halloween scored the second-biggest October premiere, behind only Venom, with opened earlier this month with $80.2 million.

A string of inferior sequels and reboots followed Carpenter's low-budget hit, from Rick Rosenthal's 1981 Halloween II (written by original screenwriters Carpenter and Debra Hill) to Rob Zombie's dreary 2007 "reimagining" and its dispiriting follow-up. 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. And is the highest grossing horror movie with a female lead. More than 80 percent of critics recommended the movie, according to RottenTomatoes.com. On Thursday, the prolific producer apologized and said he had misspoken about a topic he felt passionate about.

"The Hate U Give", about a wrongful shooting by a police officer, was the only other new movie in wide release, expanding to more than 2,300 theaters.

First Man's lack of success may have been a result of the film's seemingly anti-American message, with Chazelle choosing to downplay the moon landing mission as an American achievement as well the historic image of Armstrong planting the flag on the moon. It placed sixth with $7.5 million after nearly unanimous recommendations from critics.