‘Halloween’ box office is only behind ‘It’ for the all-time record

Just over a year ago, the adaptation of Stephen King’s It shook horror fandom with a $123.4 million opening weekend — the highest ever for a horror movie. Now Halloween is here to join the party.

The 40-years-later sequel that opened on Friday picked up an estimated $77.5 million in the U.S. during its opening weekend. That’s not quite It levels of success, but it’s more than enough to make Halloween‘s first three days the second highest for an R-rated horror movie.

In an amusing twist, Halloween‘s ascendance to that #2 spot effectively unseats the previous box office runner-up, The Nun, which opened in September just a day before the one-year anniversary of It‘s release. Horror, in case you haven’t noticed, is very “in” right now.

Halloween also fell shy of breaking another record: Top October box office of all time. 

Prior to 2018, that distinction went to Gravity, the Sandra Bullock-starring outer space thriller that opened with $55.8 million. It was Venom that swooped in earlier this October to set a new record, with an $80.3 million opening. Just ahead of Halloween.

It was nonetheless a great start for the sequel, which brings back Jamie Lee Curtis, star of the original, for a modern-day face-off with Michael Myers. Halloween is, by most accounts, a great movie — horror or otherwise — and one that smartly uses humor to offset the big scare moments.

All box office data provided by comScore and Box Office Mojo.

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