Earlier this month "Venom" notched a record setting $80 million, the best October debut on the books. She also points out that Halloween set a new franchise record for how much money it made on its first weekend. In the finished film, the Halloween Theme blares over the sequence, giving it a newfound power and energy.
Internationally, Halloween brought in an estimated $14.3 million from 23 markets, with Mexico leading the way with a chart-topping $4.9 million opening followed by the U.K. & Ireland ($3.6m), Russian Federation ($1.79m) and Indonesia ($1.09m). The new Halloween will also mark the series' best debut (blowing past the Rob Zombie remake's $26.4 million) and the second-highest opening for an R-rated horror movie, behind last year's It ($123.4 million).
The film, which carries a tiny, $10 million production budget, features Jamie Lee Curtis in her iconic role of Laurie Strode and beyond landing well with critics in advance of release, it was equally successful with audiences, earning a "B+"CinemaScore, which is a strong grade for a horror film". Just last week, Halloween producer Jason Blum had to apologize after an interview, in which he said there are few female horror movie directors because "there are not a lot of female directors period, and even less who are inclined to do horror".
Biggest movie opening with a female lead over 55. Plus, the critics have liked it, the film now at 80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
Other films to make the top 10 include social justice drama The Hate u Give with $7.7 million, animated comedy adventure film Smallfoot with $6.7 million, and the neo-noir thriller film Bad Times at the El Royale with $3.5 million.
While John didn't receive the accolades that he wanted at the height of his career, thankfully, at least his movies are finally receiving the credit - and box office numbers - they deserve.
"Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween" also cashed in on the spooky spirit, picking up $9.7 million to land in fourth place.
And that's not including the $14.3m (£10.9m) made in overseas box offices, either.
The surprising returns for "Halloween" mark another win for Hollywood, which is up 10.6% from the same point past year, according to comScore.