Halloween: Jamie Lee Curtis reboot breaks USA box office record

Forty years later, Michael Myers is still drawing huge audiences to the movie theaters for a good scare. Earlier in the month, superhero movie "Venom" was the biggest-ever October debut, with $80.3 million. The reboot/sequel (reborquel) to John Carpenter's 1978 original brought back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode; had the original movie's director, John Carpenter, as executive producer; and brought in the talented David Gordon Green to handle directing duties while working from a script by Danny McBride.

First Man's lack of success may have been a result of the film's seemingly anti-American message, with Chazelle choosing to downplay the moon landing mission as an American achievement as well the historic image of Armstrong planting the flag on the moon.

Holding tight in second spot was Warner Bros.'s musical drama "A Star Is Born", with ticket sales of $19.3 million. The Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga drama has grossed $126.4 million from North American theaters and is cruising to break $200 million worldwide Sunday.

Outside the US, Halloween generated $USS14.3 million from 23 markets for a global start of $91.8 million.

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Columbia Pictures' Venom fell to third place, adding another $18.1 million to its domestic total The Spider-Man less spin-off now sits at $171 million with $290.7 million internationally.

All non-forecast box office figures via Box Office Mojo. The film totaled $8.6 million on its second weekend in cinemas and ended up in a awful fifth place behind Goosebumps 2.

A number of well-received indies also made their debuts.

The Melissa McCarthy film "Can You Ever Forgive Me", about the literary forger Lee Israel, grossed $150,000 in five locations. Previous year hadn't even hit a billion by this point, even with IT. Biggest movie opening with a female lead over 55, ' the actress said. That easily beat the old record for a slasher movie, set in 2009 by a reboot of the Friday the 13th series, and keeps the industry on a record path for October. Where available, the latest worldwide numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included.

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