Jamie Lee Curtis Revives ‘Halloween’ With a Record Debut

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He continues: "They couldn't afford the rights to a song for the movie, so John and Jamie freestyled a song: 'I wish I had you all alone". Plus, the critics have liked it, the film now at 80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

For all the twists and plot inventions that filmmakers have been throwing at us over the years-from sibling surprises and unwanted backstories to psychic connections and odd cults-the Halloween movies remain popular for one simple reason. Coupled with Halloween's $14.3 million global opening gross, the slasher movie made a total $91.8 million worldwide. Laurie runs out of bullets, forcing her and Michael to go at it armed with knives. "Halloween" cost just $10 million, marking another win for Jason Blum and Blumhouse Productions, who co-financed the film with Miramax.

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"You take the nostalgia for 'Halloween, ' especially with the return of Jamie Lee Curtis, and you combine that with the Blumhouse brand and its contemporary currency in the genre and it just made for a ridiculously potent combination at the box office this weekend", Jim Orr, Universal's president of domestic distribution, told The Associated Press. That's the best opening ever for the 40-year-old slasher series. The Hate U Give, meanwhile, expanded into wide release with so-so attendance (0.8 million) but the chance of further success given its rare 'A+' grade via CinemaScore polling.

That means Halloween was pretty heavily frontloaded, but also Universal could be playing it cool with its estimate and lowballing the weekend total. The Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga drama has grossed $126.4 million from North American theaters and is cruising to break $200 million worldwide Sunday. Damien Chazelle's space epic, which holds a $60 million price tag, dropped roughly 46 percent in its second frame.

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We got another October surprise at the box office over the weekend. That said, Halloween did deliver the largest October opening day of all-time, topping Venom's $32.5 million.

Another surprisingly strong showing puts October 54.5 percent ahead of the same frame past year, as well as 12 percent ahead of 2014's record month, according to comScore.

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