‘Halloween’ Scares Away Box Office Competition With $32 Million

‘Halloween’ Scares Away Box Office Competition With $32 Million

Gerard Butler's "Hunter Killer" was left fighting in the shade while four returning films stole the box office spotlight in the weekend before Halloween.

Set ten years after the events of the original film, Halloween 4 sees Michael awakening from a coma the night before Halloween upon discovering that Laurie Strode - who, as we learn, was killed in a vehicle crash - has a daughter, Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris).

Director David Gordon Green's slasher reboot is poised to sell an estimated $32 million in tickets at 3,990 theaters in the US and Canada from Friday through Sunday, topping the chart for the second weekend and pushing the film's domestic total past the $100 million mark.

"Hunter Killer" was killed by the same devilish trio that dominated last week, and in the same order - "Halloween, "A Star Is Born", and "Venom".

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"A Star Is Born" once again topped "Venom", even though it was the other way around when they debuted together. The acclaimed movie hit $100 million at the worldwide box office for a global total of $253.2 million. "A Star Is Born" just cracked $100M at the foreign box office, but its almost $150M domestic tally now puts it at $253.3M. This weekend marked a drop of 58 percent for the film, which is still a notable performance for a horror flick. That's not that bad.

The pre-Halloween weekend is usually one of the quieter frames of the year, and this week's only new wide release, Lionsgate's submarine thriller Hunter Killer, is on track to open with a muted $6.7 million (in 2,720 theaters), good for fifth place. And maybe also at the foreign box office. But that's just over here. Season of the Witch had attempted to move the Halloween franchise away from its reliance on Michael, the chilly reception it received upon its release in 1982 meant that the series as a whole was put on ice, with both John Carpenter and Debra Hill - the two responsible for its existence in the first place - giving up their interest in it in the years that followed, allowing for the cinematic resurrection of Michael in 1988's aptly-named Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. This weekend was up 37.6% over the same frame previous year when "Jigsaw" led the domestic box office, according to comScore. With a few days to go, monthly ticket sales have already surpassed the record of $757.1 million from 2014, according to comScore, with $789.9 million in sales in October - traditionally a fairly sleepy month in movie theaters.

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