NEW YORK (AP): Michael Myers, or is it 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 at the box office in North America, according to Sunday's estimates, as Hollywood left "Halloween" to dominate the weekend before the trick or treatment. 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 film Blumhouse Productions, distributed by Universal Pictures, is already one of the highest-grossing films of the highest grossing history, with $ 126.7 million in ticket sales (plus another $ 45.6 million international) with only a budget of $ 10 million. "Halloween," directed by David Gordon Green, slipped a relatively modest 58 percent, especially good for a terror shoot, 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 so far raised $ 148.7 million nationally, while proving to be an equally strong seller abroad for Warner Bros. It has earned $ 104.6 million internationally.
The "Venom" of Sony's superhero 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.
That trio of "Halloween", "Venom" and "A Star Is Born" has taken the October box office to a new level. With a few days to go, monthly ticket sales have already surpassed the record of $ 757.1 million as of 2014, according to comScore, with $ 789.9 million in sales in October, traditionally a fairly quiet month in movie theaters.
The underwater thriller "Hunter Killer" was six million dollars. The release of Lionsgate and the Millennium production, starring Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman and Common. Like the previous action films directed by Butler like "Den of Thieves", "Geostorm", "London Has Fallen" and "Gods of Egypt", "Killer Hunter" 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" hopes 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 coming-of-age drama of skateboarding "Mid90s," received a mediocre $ 3 million 1,206 theaters for A24. The Pure Flix Christian War movie drama "Indivisible" grossed $ 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 starts in years, raising a minuscule $ 160,000 from 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" showed 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 debuted with a very high screen average of $ 89,903 for Amazon Studios, a good start to follow Guadagnino to the Oscar. winning "Call me by your name." His "Suspiria" has been somewhat divisive among critics (69 percent "fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes).
Estimated ticket sales for Friday to Sunday in theaters in the United States and Canada, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers are also included from Friday to Sunday. The final national figures will be released on Monday.
1. "Halloween", $ 32 million ($ 25.6 million internationally).
2. "One star is born", $ 14.1 million ($ 17.6 million internationally).
3. "Poison", $ 10.8 million ($ 17.3 million international).
4. "Goosebumps 2", $ 7.5 million ($ 10.3 million internationally).
4. "Hunter Killer", $ 6.7 million ($ 3.2 million international).
6. "The Hate U Give", $ 5.1 million ($ 1.2 million internationally).
7. "First Man", $ 4.9 million ($ 6.3 million internationally).
8. "Small foot", $ 4.8 million ($ 17.3 million internationally).
9. "Night school", $ 3.3 million.
10. "Mid90s", $ 3 million.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday to Sunday at international theaters (excluding the United States and Canada), according to comScore:
1. "Halloween", $ 25.6 million.
2. "The Predator", $ 20.7 million.
3. "A star is born", $ 17.6 million.
4. "Poison", $ 17.3 million.
5. "small foot", $ 17.3 million.
6. "Bohemian Rhapsody", $ 12.2 million.
7. "Goosebumps 2", $ 10.3 million.
8. "Rampart", $ 7.9 million.
9. "Le Grand Bain", $ 7.8 million.
10. "Crystal Sky of Yesterday", $ 7.4 million.
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