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Box office: Halloween to slay $100M domestic mark; Venom still bonded with top spots

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Oct 28, 2018

The Halloween reboot/sequel will prove that it wasn't just a one-hit wonder and surpass the $100 million mark in its second weekend at the domestic box office. It will accomplish this feat by taking in an estimated $32 million, the sixth-best figure for a pre-Halloween weekend, falling behind such films as Puss in Boots and three of the Saw sequels. Internationally, though, Halloween has already made over $120 million.

Director David Gordon Green (Your Highness) co-wrote the screenplay with Danny McBride (Alien: Covenant), the story ignoring every single sequel since the original in 1978. Instead, the plot is set 40 years after that fateful night when Michael Myers murdered several sexually active teenagers. The script was good enough to pique the interest of original director/writer/producer/composer John Carpenter, who returned to produce and co-score the music with his son and godchild.

In 2018, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis, playing the character for the fourth time) is now an emotionally damaged individual who spent the last four decades preparing for Michael's return while neglecting to properly raise her daughter, Karen (Judy Greer). When Michael eventually returns to Haddonfield, Laurie is ready to protect her daughter and granddaughter, Allyson (Andi Matichak).

Surprisingly, Sony's Venom, much like its titular alien character, is still sticking to the box office, despite overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics. The Tom Hardy superhero vehicle is expected to make a little over $10 million this weekend, still grappling with Bradley Cooper's A Star Is Born. Domestically, Venom has racked up over $179 million, its global tally reaching over $470 million.

As the movie (directed by Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer) cost around $100 million to make, it looks like we might be getting a Carnage-based sequel with Woody Harrelson's Kasady after all.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween and First Man are trailing way behind, with a little over $1 million apiece from domestic Friday returns.

Luca Guadagnino's horror remake of Suspiria opened this weekend, but since it was only a limited release, the meager total of $11,231 isn't enough to play with the big genre kids of the box office.

(via The Hollywood Reporter, VarietyBox Office Mojo, and The Numbers)


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