‘Halloween Kills’ performs beyond expectations, tops ‘No Time To Die’ at the US box office

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The horror sequel drew a huge crowd in North America for its opening weekend

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“Halloween Kills” may be available to watch at home, but the latest installment in the Michael Myers saga is making a killing at the North American box office on its first weekend in theaters. The David Gordon Green-directed horror raised $50.4 million from 3,705 locations, according to studio estimates on Sunday.

Universal’s “Halloween Kills” far exceeded expectations, which pegged the film in the $30 million range for a more conservative debut. It also easily outperformed its main competition, with its second weekend featuring the James Bond picture “No Time to Die” and Ridley Scott’s medieval epic “The Last Duel”. Both are playing exclusively in theatres.

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The film begins where Greene’s 2018 “Halloween” departed on the same bloody night, with Jamie Lee Curtis returning as Laurie Strode. Some were surprised when the studio decided to release “Halloween Kills” simultaneously in theaters and on NBC Universal’s Peacock for premium subscribers, but the day-to-day strategy didn’t hurt the box office run.

Jim Orr, Universal’s Head of Domestic Distribution, said: “David Gordon Green has created an incredibly terrifying continuation of this franchise that our core audiences were looking forward to coming to theaters to see.” “The audience wants to be outside, they want to be in theatres, and they want to experience it communally.”

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Prior to “Halloween Kills”, which reportedly had a production budget of $20 million, Warner Bros. had the biggest day-and-date debut of the year. “Godzilla vs. Kong” which grossed $32.2 million in its first weekend as well as being available on HBO Max. It’s best known for a pandemic-era horror debut, narrowly beating out “A Quiet Place Part II.”

2018 “Halloween” was a huge hit that opened to $76.2 million and went on to gross north of $256 million against a $10 million budget. And there are plans for a third that will kick off the modern Michael Myers trilogy.

According to exit polls, the opening weekend for “Halloween Kills” was slightly more male (52%), and it was diverse (36% Caucasian, 34% Hispanic and 18% Black).

“Horror films have been a mainstay of the box office throughout the pandemic,” said Paul Dergarbadian, senior media analyst at comScore. “Audiences just love watching horror movies in the movie theater. … But it’s also not just a horror movie, ‘Halloween’ is a huge brand, and it took 43 years in the making.”

The James Bond film “No Time to Die” slipped to second place on its second weekend in North America with $24.3 million, down only 56% from the previous weekend and bringing the total to $99.5 million. Globally, ‘No Time to Die’ has grossed $447,521 million.

At the bottom of the chart is “The Last Duel,” Scott’s 14th-century play starring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Jodie Comer and Adam Driver, which, despite positive reviews and a special theatrical run, took only an estimated $3,065 places. 4.8 million earned. Distributed by The Walt Disney Company, “The Last Duel” was a title the company had inherited in a deal with 20th Century Granthshala.

Warner Bros. next week. The big-budget adaptation of “Dune” debuts in North American theaters and on HBO Max, as does Disney’s “Rons Gone Wrong” and Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch”.

“Every week we are getting a lesson in the dynamics of this market as it relates to the different release models,” said Dergarbedian. “‘Halloween Kills’ is important because people could simply sit at home where the buying and selling was modest. It’s a testament to the power of the movie theater and its allure and appeal to moviegoers.”

According to comScore, estimated ticket sales in theaters in the US and Canada from Friday to Sunday. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. “Halloween Kills,” $50.4 million.

2. “No Time to Die,” $24.3 million.

3. “Poison: Let There Be Carnage,” $16.5 million.

4. “The Addams Family 2,” $7.2 million.

5. “The Last Duel,” $4.8 million.

6. “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” $3.5 million.

7. “Free Guy,” $680,000.

8. “Lambstone,” $543,000.

9. “Candy Man,” $460,000.

10. “Dear Evan Hansen,” $410,000.


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