Forget the candy corn. Forget the bite-size chocolate bars. Halloween came a-knocking this weekend, and audiences filled its bag with lots of cold, hard cash.
Halloween, a direct sequel to that 40-year-old slasher “classic” once again starring Jamie Lee Curtis, knifed its way to an estimated $77.5 million in North America. That would’ve been an October record if Venom hadn’t already set a new bar just three short weeks ago. It also illustrates just how hot horror is these days: According to Box Office Mojo, Halloween’s debut was the second-largest ever for an R-rated horror movie, behind the $123.4 million that It made (the movie It, naturally) and ahead of The Nun’s $53.8 million seven weeks ago.
All three films were released in the last 13 months. Scary times at the multiplex indeed.
But not every screen holds a scream. Lots of moviegoers continued to flock to see Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga sing and cry and stuff, too. A Star Is Born earned another $19.3 million domestically, finishing second in the box-office standings for the third-straight week. Its overall earnings now stand just north of $126 million, and obviously it’s not done singing yet.
After two weeks at No. 1, Sony’s super-antihero (anti-superhero?) Venom slid to third place with $18.1 million. That pushes its overall gross to $171.1 million—just outside 2018’s top 10 money-earners. (Crazy Rich Asians currently sits in that coveted 10th slot with $171.7 million.) After Venom officially slithers into the top 10 sometime this week, that will put six superhero movies on the list: No. 1 Black Panther ($700.1 million); No. 2 Avengers: Infinity War ($678.8 million); No. 3 Incredibles 2 ($607.6 million); No. 5 Deadpool 2 ($318.5 million); and No. 7 Ant-Man and the Wasp ($216.6 million) being the others. Just in case you were interested.