David Gordon Green's Halloween easily won the box office for the second straight week, leading a pack of holdovers over the weekend. October has been an exceptionally fruitful time at the box office, with Halloween and Venom posting high numbers early on in their run. In fact, those two films own the two biggest October opening weekends of all-time, finishing within $3 million of each other. Outside of genre fare, the month was also bolstered by Oscar frontrunner A Star is Born, which is approaching $150 million domestically.
Horror films tend to be front-loaded, but Halloween looked like it would have nice legs. Word-of-mouth is positive, as many consider this to be the best franchise installment since the seminal 1978 original. Because of how large its debut was, Halloween would have had to take quite a stumble to not repeat as box office champion. As expected, it once again came out on top.
Per Box Office Mojo, Halloween earned $32 million in its second weekend, dropping 58 percent. It is now up to $126.6 million domestically, quickly rising up Blumhouse's all-time charts. Halloween is currently the studio's third-highest grossing film, trailing only Split ($138.2 million) and Get Out ($176 million). It seems like a foregone conclusion Halloween will climb to the top spot on that list shortly.
In addition to being a good movie coming out at just the right time (the actual Halloween holiday is only a few days away), Halloween benefited from minimal competition. This week's new releases weren't exactly high-profile, with the Gerard Butler action/thriller Hunter Killer earning $6.6 million (good enough for fifth) and Johnny English Strikes Again making $1.6 million (12th place) in a limited play of 544 locations. It isn't surprising the existing holdovers stayed on top, as there was nothing opening to challenge them. Things should change next week when Bohemian Rhapsody, Nobody's Fool, and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms all come out.
The rest of the top five was rounded out by A Star is Born ($14.1 million), Venom ($10.8 million), and Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween ($7.5 million). In the case of Venom, it's now clear of the $500 million mark. While its domestic total isn't overwhelmingly impressive ($187.2 million), the comic book adaptation performed very well overseas and got a nice boost from the international markets. When one considers Venom has yet to open in China, it'll continue to do more damage over the next few weeks and further solidify its status as Sony's big franchise starter.
Source: Box Office Mojo