David Gordon Green directorial Halloween thrashed the expectations and grabbed a record opening at the domestic box-office with a humongous $77.5 million in the US. Counting it among the best openings by a horror movie, then it’s the second best after last year’s It, which opened to a record-breaking $123 million, in September 2017.
The new Halloween’s budget has also been less, being around $15-20 million. So, it has already become a hit when compared to its cost of production.
The early estimates for Halloween were around $55-65 million, but the way it turned to be, was really exceptional. But it was also not a very big surprise considering the popularity of the Halloween franchise. The latest one is the 11th entry overall in this series, and a direct sequel to the original film helmed by John Carpenter.
The new film stars the original cast of the first Halloween, with Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her iconic role of Laurie while Nick Castle has come back as the most haunted serial killer, Michael Myers. The movie has been positively received by the critics too and holds a stellar 80% score on Rotten Tomatoes. There were also some reshoots which were done earlier due to a negative test screening in which it failed to impress most of the viewers. But after the reshoots when it was screened at the TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival), it received a standing ovation from the entire audience.
Director David Gordon Green has also been praised for giving a satisfying sequel to the original slasher drama.
Distributed by Universal Pictures and produced by Malek Akkad, Jason Blum, and Bill Block, Halloween is now running in theaters worldwide.