Jamie Lee Curtis smashes box office records, tweets the ideal reaction

Oscar Cross
October 23, 2018

Venom previously had that record, too, with 3.7 million people attending its opening day earlier this month. Halloween also had the tenth best opening for an R-rated movie of any genre.

Director David Gordon Green's 2018 installment in the storied franchise not only captured first place at the box office with the second-highest horror opening of all time-only behind last year's It-but also marked the highest horror movie opening with a female lead, highest movie opening with a female lead over the age of 55 and highest Halloween opening of all time.

After a historic opening weekend with her horror hit Halloween, Jamie Lee Curtis took some time on Monday for a little 'boast post'. The new horror flick, co-produced by Blumhouse and Miramax, cost only $10 million to make.

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

With 10 days to go until the holiday, including another weekend, the studio expects "Halloween" to enjoy a much longer life than typical horror films that usually drop off significantly after the first weekend. Meanwhile "A Star Is Born" held on to the second place spot for its third weekend with $19.3 million. The film, directed by Oscar victor Damien Chazelle and starring Ryan Gosling, recounts Neil Armstrong's historic journey to the moon in 1969.


All non-forecast box office figures via Box Office Mojo. That brings the film's domestic total to $10.6 million.

A number of well-received indies also made their debuts.

Elsewhere, Fox Searchlight's "Can You Ever Forgive Me?", starring Melissa McCarthy, generated $150,000 when it opened in five locations, averaging a huge $30,000 per screen. Past year hadn't even hit a billion by this point, even with IT.

"The industry is on a major roll right now", said comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. Until this weekend, Curtis' biggest opening was for Beverly Hills Chihuahua at $29 million.

Halloween, the reboot of the 1978 classic, has made a killing at the United States box office, raking in over $77m (£59m) during its opening weekend. The picture represents another win for Blumhouse Productions and its distributor, Comcast Corp.'s Universal Pictures.

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