LOS ANGELES – Forty years later, Michael Myers still attracts large audiences to theaters to give a good scare.

"Halloween" opened first with an estimated $ 77.5 million in ticket sales from North American theaters, according to estimates from Sunday's study.

David Gordon Green directed the sequel to "Halloween", which brings Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode and Nick Castle in a cameo as Michael Myers. It is the second highest horror opening of all time, behind Stephen King's adaptation of last year's "It".

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It was also enough to make the comic book "Venom" out of the first place and placed in third place in its third weekend in rooms with $ 18.1 million. Meanwhile, "A Star Is Born" by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga remained in second place for their third weekend with $ 19.3 million.

Rounding out the rest of the top five: "Goosebumps 2" again finished in fourth place with $ 9.7 million, and Damien Chazelle's Neil Armstrong biopic "First Man," starring Ryan Gosling, fell to fifth with $ 8.6 millions.

The final numbers are expected on Monday.

Contributing: Kim Willis

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