'Halloween' is the Hallo-Queen of the box office

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Halloween lives! The sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 slasher classic (yes, there are other sequels; yes, this movie disregarded them entirely) had the second-biggest October opening ever, debuting to $77.5 million on just shy of 4,000 screens. $33.2 million of that gross came from Friday, giving Halloween the highest October opening day of all time. Internationally, the film opened in a handful of markets, earning $14.3 million; openings in several major markets, among them France, Germany and Brazil, are still forthcoming. The upcoming Halloween holiday and a lack of mainstream horror debuting next weekend (the Suspiria remake isn’t exactly the sort of thing to cater to the popcorn crowd) herald a strong hold as we approach the end of the month.

Halloween was the only film to open in wide release this weekend, leaving the rest of the top five to holdovers. On balance, those did extremely will; second-place finisher A Star is Born added 176 theatres and dropped only 32% for a third weekend gross of $19.3 million, bringing its domestic total to $126.3 million. Venom, a surprise hit for Sony, continues to chug along, dropping 48% in its third weekend for a weekend gross of $18.1 million (total gross $171.1 million). Kid-friendly horror flick Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (weekend gross $9.7 million, total gross $28.8 million) came in fourth, with First Man (weekend gross $8.5 million) bringing up the rear. The latter film has failed to catch on with audiences, earning just shy of $30 million in two weekends of release despite the presence of A-list actor Ryan Gosling and Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle.

Just outside the top five, you’ll find The Hate U Give ($7.5 million), which expanded from 248 theatres to 2,055. That’s an impressive haul, if not groundbreaking—Fox’s strategy of a slow roll-out for this teen drama could prove smart if the film maintains a steady hold over the coming weeks.

An Evening with Beverly Luff Lin had the highest theatre count among new limited releases, earning only $4,800 on 16 screens for a scant PTA of $300. Among limited releases, the weekend’s highest PTA went to the Jonah Hill-directed Mid90s, which opened to $249,500 on four screens for an average of $62,375. Also new to theatres in limited release were Can You Ever Forgive Me? ($150,000 on five screens), Wildlife ($105,614 on four screens), What They Had ($18,845 on four screens), The Price of Everything ($17,280 on one screen), Janus Films’ re-release of Wings of Desire ($11,635 on one screen), On Her Shoulders ($4,500 on one screen), The Advocates ($4,000 on one screen) and Horn from the Heart ($2,357 on one screen).