Halloween scores second-best October opening ever with $77.5 million

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In "Halloween", Curtis plays Laurie Strode, reprising the role that made her famous in a final face-off with Michael Myers.

That's exactly what Jamie Lee Curtis rightfully did when her movie smashed three, yes THREE, box office records.

"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. The reboot/sequel (reborquel) to John Carpenter's 1978 original brought back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode; had the original movie's director, John Carpenter, as executive producer; and brought in the talented David Gordon Green to handle directing duties while working from a script by Danny McBride. The film now sits at $126 million domestically with another $74.7 million from worldwide markets, giving it a global total of $201 million.

Reuniting original star Curtis and the world created by horror filmmaker John Carpenter, the film has collected an estimated $US77.5 million ($109 million) in theatres in the USA and Canada.

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Meanwhile "A Star Is Born" held on to second place in its third weekend with $19.3 million.

The horror flick grossed $77.5 million (£59.2m) in the United States box office over the three days since its release making it the most successful movie in the Halloween franchise, smashing Rob Zombie's remake, which brought in $58m (£44.3m) in 20017 and Halloween: H20 which earned $55m (£42m) in 1998.

"Halloween" was enough to bump the comic-book film "Venom" out of the No. 1 spot and into third place. Rounding out the top five is Universal's "First Man", which notched $8.5 million this weekend for a total of $30 million.

Halloween is slaying its box office competition. That's the best opening ever for the 40-year-old slasher series. The weekend was up almost 72 percent from the same weekend last October and the year to date is up almost 11 percent. In fact, until this weekend, Jamie Lee Curtis' biggest opening weekend was $29 million for Beverly Hills Chihuahua. Where available, the latest global numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included.

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