'Halloween' grabs one of the biggest horror openings ever

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"A lot of fans surely came out for the return of the real Michael Myers without any of the prior sequels" baggage and to watch Jamie Lee Curtis as a heavily armed survivor looking to kill her assailant of 40 years ago.

"You take the nostalgia for 'Halloween, ' especially with the return of Jamie Lee Curtis, and you combine that with the Blumhouse brand and its contemporary currency in the genre and it just made for a ridiculously potent combination at the box office this weekend", Jim Orr, Universal's president of domestic distribution, told The Associated Press.

"Halloween" did better than any of its predecessors, and it also snagged the second-highest October opening ever behind "Venom", which took in $80.3 million earlier this month.

David Gordon Green's "Halloween", a direct sequel to John Carpenter's 1978 classic, obliterated the franchise record opening of $26 million, previously held by the 2007 Rob Zombie reboot. The film now sits at $126 million domestically with another $74.7 million from worldwide markets, giving it a global total of $201 million. A Star is Born continues to have incredible legs, jumping above Venom and staying in second place with only a 32.2% drop from last weekend.

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Bottas, who was second fastest in the morning but did not set a time in the afternoon session, said: "It was a pretty boring day". By Lap 35 the damage looked severe, and what was once an nearly 18-second advantage was whittled down to just eight seconds.

Universal executives could be excused for a bit of gloating - they produced "Halloween" for a microscopic $10 million.

"Halloween" was enough to bump the comic-book film "Venom" out of the No. 1 spot and into third place. Overseas, Halloween will collect an estimated $14.3 million this weekend. A Star is Born stars four-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper and multiple award-winning, Oscar-nominated music superstar Lady Gaga (as Stefani Germanotta), in her first leading role in a major motion picture.

Elsewhere, Fox Searchlight's "Can You Ever Forgive Me?", starring Melissa McCarthy, generated $150,000 when it opened in five locations, averaging a huge $30,000 per screen. Until this weekend, Curtis' biggest opening was for Beverly Hills Chihuahua at $29 million. It was the second-highest horror opening of all time, after last year's "It". The weekend was up almost 72 percent from the same weekend last October and the year to date is up almost 11 percent.

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