"Biggest horror movie opening with a female lead". In one of Michael Myers' first murders in the new movie, the offscreen voice of a crying baby, Green explained, was provided by none other than Curtis herself. The strategy to open it at the Toronto Film Festival and premiere it in America during Fantastic Fest probably helped, too, but make no mistake: Jamie Lee Curtis was a huge selling point, right along with the October release date.
Thus far, Halloween is the second-highest opening of all time, falling behind Stephen King's record-breaker, It, released a year ago. It's also the biggest opening ever for a horror movie with a female lead and the biggest opening ever for a movie - any movie, horror or otherwise - with a female lead over the age of 55 (Curtis is 59). Halloween had the second-best start for an R-rated horror film after last year's It, and still maintains the second-highest October debut after Venom took that record earlier this month. More than 80 percent of critics recommended the movie, according to RottenTomatoes.com.
Indie Box Office: Mid90s, Wildlife, Can You Ever Forgive Me?In its third weekend in theaters, it collected $18.1 million, bringing its domestic total to $171.1 million. A Star is Born continues to have fantastic legs, jumping above Venom and staying in second place with only a 32.2% drop from last weekend. That brings its North American tally to $28 million. The film totaled $8.6 million on its second weekend in cinemas and ended up in a terrible fifth place behind Goosebumps 2.
"The Hate U Give", now in 2,303 locations, placed sixth with $7.5 million, and "The Old Man & The Gun" took 10th with $2.1 million from 802 locations.
But whether this represented a sea-change for movie-going was another question.