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‘Halloween’ scares up big box-office numbers in North America

/ 07:46 AM October 22, 2018

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Jamie Lee Curtis in a scene from “Halloween,” in theaters nationwide on Oct. 19. AP

HOLLYWOOD, United States – North American moviegoers really like to be scared, and Universal gleefully accommodated them this weekend as its new release “Halloween” registered an impressive $77.5 million in estimated ticket sales, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.

That strong three-day number gave the film the second-best opening ever for an October, trailing only “Venom,” which earlier this month booked an $80-million opening, according to HollywoodReporter.com.

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Universal executives could be excused for a bit of gloating — they produced “Halloween” for a microscopic $10 million.

“Halloween” recounts the return of a homicidal masked figure (Nick Castle) 40 years after he set off on a bloody Halloween night killing spree. Jamie Lee Curtis again stars as Laurie Strode, sole survivor of that spree.

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Holding tight in second spot was Warner Bros.’s musical drama “A Star Is Born,” with ticket sales of $19.3 million.

The film, the third remake of a 1937 movie, was directed by Bradley Cooper. He plays a hard-drinking musician who falls in love with a young singer (Lady Gaga), only to see her star rise as his plunges.

Sony’s “Venom” was not far behind, taking in $18.1 million as it approaches $500 million globally. Tom Hardy stars as a journalist who becomes the super powerful host for an alien creature.

In fourth was another seasonal offering, Sony’s “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween,” at $9.7 million. The family-friendly sequel, based on the R.L. Stine children’s books, stars Wendi McLendon-Covey and Madison Iseman.

Fifth spot went to Universal’s astronaut drama “First Man,” at $8.6 million. The film, directed by Oscar winner Damien Chazelle and starring Ryan Gosling, recounts Neil Armstrong’s historic journey to the moon in 1969. /cbb

Rounding out this weekend’s top 10 were:

“The Hate U Give” ($7.5 million)

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“Smallfoot” ($6.6 million)

“Night School” ($5 million)

“Bad Times at the El Royale” ($3.3 million)

“The Old Man & The Gun” ($2.1 million)

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