The classic villain of terror, Michael Myers, returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois, and old Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), in "Halloween".
NEW YORK – Michael Myers – or what is Jamie Lee Curtis? – You can not stop. "Halloween" dominated the North American box office for the second weekend in a row, earning an estimated $ 32 million in ticket sales.
The four main films did not change, according to Sunday's estimates, when Hollywood left "Halloween" to dominate the weekend before the trick or treat. The sequel to the original 1978 John Carpenter, starring Curtis, 59 years old, as Laurie Strode, last week marked the biggest opening of a movie with a protagonist over 55 years.
The new "Halloween" is already the biggest movie in franchise history and one of the highest-grossing slasher movies in history, with $ 126.7 million in ticket sales (plus another $ 45.6 million internationally) with only a budget of $ 10 million. The latest installment, directed by David Gordon Green, slipped a relatively modest 58 percent, especially good for a terror release, after setting a record for an October debut last weekend.
The praised "A Star Is Born" by Bradley Cooper remained in second place with $ 14 million in his fourth weekend. The film, starring Cooper and Lady Gaga, has raised $ 148.7 million nationally and has proven to be an equally strong seller abroad. It has raised $ 104.6 million internationally.
The spin-off of the superhero "Venom" also came in third with $ 10.8 million in his fourth weekend. The comic book adaptation, starring Tom Hardy, has raised $ 504.8 million worldwide.
"Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween", the kid-friendly follow-up based on R.L. Stine finished fourth with $ 7.5 million in his third weekend.
That trio of "Halloween", "Venom" and "A Star Is Born" has taken the October box office to a new record. With just days to go, monthly ticket sales have already surpassed the record of $ 757.1 million since 2014, according to comScore, with $ 789.9 million in sales in October, traditionally a rather sleepy month in theaters.
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The underwater thriller "Hunter Killer," starring Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman and Common, was six million dollars. Like the previous action films directed by Butler like "Den of Thieves", "Geostorm", "London Has Fallen" and "Gods of Egypt", "Hunter Killer" received bad reviews (36 percent "fresh" in Rotten Tomatoes) But those films also fared much better abroad than in the United States, something that "Hunter Killer" will hope to repeat.
Other films in launch throughout the country also had difficulties to approach the strong remnants.
After a limited and promising release last weekend, Jonah Hill's directorial debut, the skateboarding-age drama "Mid90s," earned $ 3 million in just over 1,200 theaters. The film drama of the Christian War "Indivisible" received $ 1.6 million in 830 screens.
"Johnny English Strikes Again", the third film of the 15-year-old comedy franchise Rowan Atkinson, started with just $ 1.6 million, although it was also designed with a more international approach. (It has already earned $ 107.7 million abroad.)
The long-delayed "London Fields," starring Amber Heard, recorded one of the worst openings in years, raising a minuscule $ 160,000 in 613 theaters. The film had been tied for three years in legal disputes, including a lawsuit between Heard and the producers for nudity in the film. ("London Fields" had a "fresh" 0% rating from Rotten Tomatoes).
A new bright spot was the new version of Luca Guadagnino of the horror classic "Suspiria". Opening in just two theaters, he earned a very high average per screen of $ 89,903, a good start to follow Guadagnino to his "Call me by your name" awards movie. The new "Suspiria" has been somewhat divisive among critics (69 percent "fresh" in Rotten Tomatoes).
The final numbers are expected on Monday.
Contributing: Kim Willis
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