This weekend, Jamie Lee Curtis returned to her iconic role as Laurie Strode in Halloween (Universal Pictures, Blumhouse), which grossed an impressive $77.5 million from 3,928 North American theaters, an average of $19,730 per theater. The debut marks the second-highest horror opening of all time (trailing only It‘s $123.4 million from 2017) and the second-highest grossing film ever released in the month of October (Venom set the new record of $80.3 million earlier this month). Halloween, which cost just $10 million to make, received a B+ CinemaScore from audiences.
Halloween also opened in 23 international markets, where the movie earned $14.3 million, for a global total of $91.8 million. There are 46 markets still to release and the film continues its international rollout through November. The David Gordon Green-directed film co-stars Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Virginia Gardner, and Nick Castle.
Remaining yet again in second place domestically for the third weekend in a row was Warner Bros. Pictures’ A Star is Born, which added $19.3 million and has now earned $126.4 million. Internationally, the film grossed another $22.8 million from 75 markets and is up to $74.7 million. Worldwide, A Star is Born has now brought in $201.1 million. Made for $36 million, the film stars Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Cooper also directed the film.
After topping the domestic box office for two straight weekends, Sony Pictures‘ Venom dropped to third place with $18.1 million, to bring its three-week domestic total to $171.1 million. The film did top the overseas box office again with $32.3 million from 65 markets, bringing its international total to $290.7 million and worldwide total to $461.2 million. Major markets still to come include Japan (Nov. 2) and China. Made for $100 million, Venom was directed by Ruben Fleischer and stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, and Reid Scott. The film was produced by Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal.
Sony’s Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween held onto the fourth spot its second weekend with $9.7 million and took its North American total to $28.8 million. Internationally, the film added $6.2 million from 24 markets, for an overseas total of $11.1 million and global sum of $39.9 million. The $35 million sequel was directed by Ari Sandel and stars Ken Jeong, Wendi Mclendon-Covey, Chris Parnell, Madison Iseman, Ben O’Brien, Caleel Harris, Jeremy Ray Taylor, and Jack Black.
Universal Pictures’ First Man dropped two spots to fifth place with $8.6 million its second weekend. That puts the domestic total at nearly $30 million. Internationally, First Man earned $13.4 million and has grossed $25.5 million, for a worldwide total of $55.5 million. Made for $59 million, the Damien Chazelle-directed movie about the Apollo 11 mission stars Ryan Gosling, Jason Clarke, Claire Foy, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Ciaran Hinds, Christopher Abbott, Patrick Fugit, and Lukas Haas star.
20th Century Fox expanded The Hate U Give into 2,303 theaters this weekend and the film jumped to the sixth spot with $7.5 million. That puts the domestic total at $10.6 million. Directed by George Tillman Jr, the big screen adaptation stars Amandla Stenberg as Starr, with Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, KJ Apa, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, Common and Anthony Mackie. It received an A+ CinemaScore from audiences.