Halloween revival with Jamie Lee Curtis kills it at the box office

The movie marked Jamie Lee Curtis' feature film debut, and she would return to the franchise in 1980's Halloween II, 1998's Halloween H20: Halloween 20 Years Later and 2002's Halloween: Resurrection.

David Gordon Green's "Halloween", a direct sequel to John Carpenter's 1978 classic, obliterated the franchise record opening of $26 million, previously held by the 2007 Rob Zombie reboot.

Weekend estimates for Halloween indicate a total of $80.5 million gross from Thursday to Saturday, making it the second-highest domestic horror opening of all-time and the biggest October horror opening ever.

Overseas, the film kicked things off with $14.3 million across 23 markets, leading in Mexico with $4.9 million and following behing in the United Kingdom with $3.6 million, bringing its global pull to $91.80 million.

"I am enormously proud of this film", Jason Blum said in a statement. The film's opening is also the second largest ever for an R-rated horror, topping the $53.8 million opening for The Nun a month ago and behind It's $123.4 million debut last September.

Carpenter returned to executive produce and compose the score for the R-rated thriller.

Fox's The Hate U Give expanded nationwide this weekend after two weeks in limited release, rising to sixth place this weekend for $7.5 million. The two hits, along with the strong showing of "A Star Is Born", have contributed to an unusually healthy month for exhibitors and studios.

Rounding out the top five is Universal's "First Man", which notched $8.5 million this weekend for a total of $30 million. The film totaled $8.6 million on its second weekend in cinemas and ended up in a awful fifth place behind Goosebumps 2.

Halloween debuted in 3,928 theaters this weekend, pulling in an impressive per-screen average of $19,730.

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