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“Halloween Kills” may be available to watch at home, but the latest installment in the Michael Myers saga is a hit at the North American box office on its first weekend at the movies. The David Gordon Green-led horror spooked $ 50.4 million across 3,705 locations, the studio estimated on Sunday.

Universal’s “Halloween Kills” far exceeded expectations, allowing the film to make a more conservative debut in the $ 30 million bracket. He also easily beat his main competitor, which included James Bond’s photo “No Time to Die” on his second weekend, and Ridley Scott’s medieval epic “The Last Duel”. Both play exclusively in theaters.

The film picks up where Green’s “Halloween” in 2018 left off, the same bloody night, with Jamie Lee Curtis returning as Laurie Strode. Some were surprised when the studio made the decision to release “Halloween Kills” simultaneously in theaters and on NBC Universal’s Peacock for premium subscribers, but the date-and-date strategy doesn’t seem to have hurt its boxing- office.

“David Gordon Green has crafted an incredibly terrifying continuation of this franchise that our target audience was more than anxious to come to theaters to see,” said Jim Orr, National Distribution Manager for Universal. “The audience wants to go out, they want to be in theaters and they want to experience it collectively.”

Prior to “Halloween Kills,” which had an announced production budget of $ 20 million, the biggest opening day and date of the year was Warner Bros. ′ “Godzilla vs. Kong” which grossed $ 32.2 million. during its first weekend while also being available on HBO Max. It’s best for a horror opener in the Age of Pandemic, narrowly beating “A Quiet Place Part II”.

The “Halloween” of 2018 was a huge success which opened at $ 76.2 million and continued north of $ 256 million against a budget of $ 10 million. And there are plans for a third that will bring the modern Michael Myers trilogy to a close.

The ‘Halloween Kills’ opening weekend crowd was slightly more masculine (52%), and it was diverse (36% Caucasians, 34% Hispanics, and 18% Blacks), according to exit polls .

“Horror movies have been a mainstay of the box office throughout the pandemic,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore. “Audiences love to watch horror movies in a movie theater. … But it’s not just a horror movie either, ‘Halloween’ is a huge brand, and it lasts 43 years.

The James Bond film “No Time To Die” slipped to second place on its second weekend in North America with $ 24.3 million, which is a decrease of just 56% from the weekend. end last and brings its total to $ 99.5 million. Globally, “No Time to Die” grossed $ 447,521 million.

Further down the charts is “The Last Duel,” Scott’s 14th century drama starring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Jodie Comer and Adam Driver, which made only about $ 4.8 million out of 3,065. venues despite positive reviews and an exclusive theatrical outing. Distributed by Walt Disney Co., “The Last Duel” was a title the company inherited as part of the deal with 20th Century Fox.

Next week, Warner Bros. ‘ The big-budget adaptation of “Dune” hits North American theaters and on HBO Max, as do Disney’s “Ron’s Gone Wrong” and Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch”.

“Each week we get a lesson on the dynamics of this market in regards to the different release models,” Dergarabedian said. “Halloween Kills” is important because people could have sat at the house where the buy-in was small. It is the proof of the power of the cinema, of its attraction and its attraction for the cinephile.

Estimated Friday-Sunday ticket sales at US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final national figures will be released on Monday.

1. “Halloween Kills”, $ 50.4 million.

2. “No Time to Die”, $ 24.3 million.

3. “Venom: Let There Be Carnage”, $ 16.5 million.

4. “The Addams Family 2”, $ 7.2 million.

5. “The Last Duel”, $ 4.8 million.

6. “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” $ 3.5 million.

7. “Free boy”, $ 680,000.

9. “Candy”, $ 460,000.

10. “Dear Evan Hansen”, $ 410,000.

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