Halloween Scares Up Another Win


Most of the movies at the multiplex turned on all their lights and hid in their secret basement bunkers this weekend. After all, Michael Myers was on the prowl again, and he had its competition running scared.

Myers, the masked boogeyman from the Halloween movies, dragged the franchise’s latest iteration to its second-straight win, hacking its way to an estimated $32 million in North America. 2018’s Halloween has now earned $126.7 million stateside—more than twice as much as the franchise’s next highest entry (the 2007 Halloween reboot, which scared up $58.3 million). I wouldn’t be surprised if movie’s makers are screaming … with glee.

Granted, the franchise had a built-in advantage, given that its namesake holiday is just a couple days away. And Halloween certainly didn’t have a lot of newcomers to make the movie shake in its shoes. Indeed, the box office’s four top spots were a carbon copy from last week.

For the fourth straight week, A Star Is Born finished No. 2 in the box-office standings, banking another $14.1 million. The early Oscar contender has now stuffed $148.7 million in its touring RV. Venom took home another third-place finish with $10.8 million, bringing its own total up to $187.3 million. And Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween snuck into fourth place with $7.5 million.

Only one newcomer—Gerard Butler’s Hunter Killer—even made it into the top five, and that by the skin of its cinematic teeth. It finished fifth with a mere $6.7 million, making it less of a hunter and more like box-office prey.

Still, it did better than some of the other freshmen on the prowl. Mid90s (which didn’t technically open this week but expanded from four to 1,206 theaters) coasted into 10th place with $3 million. Johnny English Strikes Again, a middling James Bond spoof, landed with a thud into 12th place with $1.7 million.

Finally, the Christian movie Indivisible, which deals with an Army chaplain suffering from PTSD once he returns home from Iraq, was hot on Johnny English’s tail, banking $1.6 million to nab the 13th spot on this week’s list.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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I don’t think that mere numbers or rankings alone determine a movie’s success. A blockbuster movie with an A list star that opens in 7th place, for example, would be considered a flop. While an independent or faith based movie landing in the same spot would be considered successful. In this instance - faith based movies aren’t expected to fair as well as, say, the 3rd installment of a movie with an existing fan base. As with all things perspective matter.