'Halloween' Slices Up a Monster $77.5 Million Opening

Greer's character also lives in Haddonfield, Illinois, an apparently easy drive from the psychiatric institute that houses Michael Myers, the maniac who nearly killed Laurie 40 years earlier on Halloween night - and who Laurie is certain will one day return to wreak homicidal havoc once again.

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. The sequel picks up four decades after she narrowly escaped the masked murderer's killing spree from the first installment. "Halloween" saw the biggest opening in Mexico, where it made $4.9 million from 845 locations. The Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga drama has grossed $126.4 million from North American theatres and is cruising to break $200 million worldwide Sunday.

The film is also the second biggest October opener, narrowly pipped by Venom which grossed $80.2m (£61.3m) earlier this month and the second largest R-rated horror ever, beaten only by It, which took in an eye-watering $123.4m (£94.4m) a year ago.

"Halloween" is now Curtis' biggest opening to date, as well as the best horror opening with a female lead. It opened this weekend in Korea with $3.5 million, followed by Brazil with $700,000 and the United Arab Emirates with $500,000.

"I am enormously proud of this film,"says Jason Blum". Critics liked it a lot (80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), and audiences dug it as well (the B+ Cinemascore is actually very high for a horror film). On Thursday, the prolific producer apologized and said he had misspoken about a topic he felt passionate about.

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.

Amandla Stenberg features as Starr Carter, a teenager who witnesses the wrongful shooting of her friend by a police officer. 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.

Box office receipts total $9.54 billion so far this year, up about 11 percent from a year earlier, ComCcore reported.