The return of Michael Myers has proved to be a more sizable success than anybody could have foreseen. Taking a massive $77.5 million in the US over the weekend, the new Halloween almost nabbed Venom's recently acquired title of biggest October opening weekend of all time. Jamie Lee Curtis is back as Laurie Strode for one final confrontation with the psychotic brother forty years after her first encounter. Directed by David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express), the new film discounts all of the previous sequels and is a direct follow-up to John Carpenter's iconic 1978 original.
To put Halloween's opening weekend into perspective, twenty years ago Jamie Lee Curtis returned for H20 which generated $55 million for the entirety of its run. Rob Zombie's two Halloween reboots made $58 million and $33 million (in the US) respectively. By all accounts, the Halloween franchise was played out, so nobody anticipated an opening weekend of this size. Early forecasts in the $20-35 million range seemed slightly ambitious but realistic, yet by the end of Friday, the movie had already amassed more than $33 million. Produced by Jason Blum (The Purge, Get Out) on a thrifty $10 million budget, Halloween is already well into profit after just three days. Naturally, we shouldn't expect this to be the end of the franchise as a sequel was already in development before production was completed on the new film.
For a forty-year-old franchise, Halloween has been through a lot, terrible sequels, reboots, an expectedly good sequel with H20 which was followed by the series low point otherwise known as Ressurection. Thankfully, David Gordon Green & Danny McBride's script ignores the messy history (including Laurie's death in Ressurection's opening scene) to get back to basics with a satisfying sequel. I would be a happy fan if this were it for Halloween, but the massive opening weekend suggests it's only the beginning.
Halloween is out now in cinemas everywhere.