'Halloween' scares up $77.5 million in ticket sales

New 'Halloween' Has A Record Breaking Opening Weekend

Box Office: ‘Halloween’ Kills Competition with Historic $80M Debut

Reuniting Jamie Lee Curtis and the world created by horror filmmaker John Carpenter, the film collected an estimated $77.5 million in theaters in the US and Canada, ComScore Inc. said in an email Sunday.

It also marked the second highest October opening ever behind "Venom's" $80.3 million launch earlier this month.

The latest installment in the Halloween series sees the return of Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) vs. Michael Myers. 'Biggest horror movie opening with a female lead. In fact, until this weekend, Jamie Lee Curtis' biggest opening weekend was $29 million for Beverly Hills Chihuahua. "Biggest Halloween opening ever #womengetthingsdone", she continued.

Universal executives could be excused for a bit of gloating - they produced "Halloween" for a microscopic $10 million. While the last few iterations have been panned, "Halloween" holds a 80 percent average on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ CinemaScore. Halloween certainly had huge brand recognition - the 1978 original jumpstarted the Golden Age of slasher films and spawned seven sequels, a remake and a sequel to the remake.

The movie cost just $10 million to make, before marketing costs, and was projected to debut to as much as $70 million, according to Box Office Mojo. 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 film now sits at $126 million domestically with another $74.7 million from worldwide markets, giving it a global total of $201 million. The horror genre is one of the most enduring in Hollywood, even as the box office has become more challenging, with titles regularly breaching expectations. Overseas, Halloween will collect an estimated $14.3 million this weekend.

Holding tight in second spot was Warner Bros.'s musical drama "A Star Is Born", with ticket sales of $19.3 million.

The Melissa McCarthy film "Can You Ever Forgive Me", about the literary forger Lee Israel, grossed $150,000 in five locations. The weekend was up almost 72 percent from the same weekend last October and the year to date is up almost 11 percent. Where available, the latest global numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. The picture represents another win for Blumhouse Productions and its distributor, Comcast Corp.'s Universal Pictures.

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