With only 10 days left to go until the spookiest of holidays, the “Halloween” film has hit theaters nationwide. Sony’s “Venom” toppled the box-office earlier this month, setting a new October opening record with the film’s $80M debut but the villainous alien has lost to Michael Myers this week.
“Halloween” didn’t break Venom’s October record but the film brought in $77M across 3,928 locations this weekend, making the thriller the winner of the domestic box office chart. “Halloween” was directed by David Gordon Green, the film stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, and Will Patton. With “Halloween” scooping up all of the action and thriller fans, “A Star is Born” took second-place with $19M, raising the film’s three-week total to $126M domestically. “Venom” dropped to third-place this week with an $18M weekend while remaining in 3,887 locations. “Venom” has made over $171M domestically since its debut three-weeks ago and was directed by Ruben Fleischer, the film stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate, and Riz Ahmed. “A Star is Born” was directed by Bradley Cooper, the film features Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, and Sam Elliott.
Sony Pictures also took fourth-place this week, the studio’s “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” made over $9.7M across 3,521 locations. That was enough to raise the film’s two-week total to just over $28M. “Goosebumps 2” was directed by Ari Sandel, the film features Wendi McLendon-Covey, Madison Iseman, and Jeremy Ray Taylor. Fifth-place overall went to Universal Pictures’ “First Man,” which added $8.5M in its second-week. The film’s new domestic total now sits at $30M.
Studios didn’t seem interested in competing with Halloween’s follow up weekend. The new releases scheduled for next week are the Christian based film “Indivisible” and the actioner “Hunter Killer” with Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Common, and Michael Nyqvist. If you can hit the limited box office next week, look for the slapstick comedy “Johnny English 3” or the thriller “Suspiria“.