‘Halloween’ Had the Biggest Opening Weekend in Slasher Movie History
The new Halloween absolutely slaughtered its competition at the weekend box office — and pretty much every other slasher film in history. Move over, Freddy Krueger. Take a seat, Jason. Michael Myers is the new slasher box-office champ.
Bowing with an incredible $77.5 million gave the new Halloween — directed by David Gordon Green and featuring the franchise’s original star, Jamie Lee Curtis — the biggest opening weekend in the history of the slasher genre. (The previous champ was the 2009 reboot of Friday the 13th, which grossed $40.7 million in its first three days in theaters.)
Here’s the weekend’s full box-office chart:
|2||A Star Is Born||$19,300,000 (-32%)||$4,969||$126,376,246|
|4||Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween||$9,715,000 (-38%)||$2,759||$28,804,812|
|5||First Man||$8,565,000 (-46%)||$2,353||$29,999,050|
|6||The Hate U Give||$7,500,000 (+331%)||$3,257||$10,641,873|
|8||Night School||$5,000,000 (-35%)||$2,178||$66,906,825|
|9||Bad Times at the El Royale||$3,300,000 (-53%)||$1,175||$13.341,801|
|10||The Old Man & the Gun||$2,050,000 (+123%)||$2,556||$4,200,856|
Halloween also had the second-biggest opening for any October film ever, behind Venom from just three weeks ago. And it was the second-biggest opening ever for an R-rated horror film of any kind — slasher, splatter, psychological horror, killer clowns, what have you — behind only the $123 million that It made last October.
When it comes to horror movies led by women, it broke a couple more records:
And here’s another record for you: It’s also the biggest opening weekend ever for its producers, the prolific and economical horror specialists at Blumhouse Productions. Speaking of economical: The new Halloween reportedly cost just $10 million to make, which means even after marketing costs, the movie is already close to turning a profit, if it hasn’t already. Clearly the gambit to wipe the franchise’s slate clean and return the series back to its roots — with Curtis once again squaring off with Michael Myers — was an idea that appealed to audiences. How long before Freddy and Jason follow suit?
Gallery - References to the Original Halloween in the New Film: