Forty years later, Michael Myers is still drawing huge audiences to the movie theaters for a good scare. Adjusted for inflation, Halloween's $77.5 million debut weekend beats out the previous slasher movie record holder, Scream 2, whose $33 million launch in 1997 would be $65 million today, according to Forbes.
David Gordon Green directed the "Halloween" sequel which brings back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode and Nick Castle as Michael Myers.
This new Halloween comes as the hit horror franchise celebrates its 40th Anniversary, with the original classic by director John Carpenter opening on October 27, 1978.
"Halloween doesn't reinvent the wheel or create a new subgenre of horror".
The horror flick grossed $77.5 million (£59.2m) in the United States box office over the three days since its release making it the most successful movie in the Halloween franchise, smashing Rob Zombie's remake, which brought in $58m (£44.3m) in 20017 and Halloween: H20 which earned $55m (£42m) in 1998. That brings its North American tally to $28 million.More news: King: Jordan will terminate Baqoura, Ghumar annexes in peace treaty
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Biggest movie opening with a female lead over 55. The film from 21st Century Fox Inc.'s Fox 2000 Pictures cost $23 million to make, before marketing costs, and it matched predictions for its first wide-release weekend, according to Box Office Mojo.
"The Hate U Give", now in 2,303 locations, placed sixth with $7.5 million, and "The Old Man & The Gun" took 10th with $2.1 million from 802 locations.
October's box office receipts continue to impress as "Venom" and "A Star Is Born" deliver healthy numbers in their third outings.
At the specialty box office, Jonah Hill's directorial debut, "Mid90s" secured the best screen average this weekend with a massive $62,375 from four theaters, a total of $249,000.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to comScore.
The highest-grossing Halloween movie until now was, again, the Zombie reboot, which raked in $58.2 million overall - with the 2018 Halloween set to far overshoot that after clocking $77.5 million in three days of domestic release.