Halloween Kills marks the best start for a horror movie during the pandemic

Michael Myers kills him at the box office.

Halloween kills, the newest installment in the long-running slasher franchise, grossed $ 50.4 million at the domestic box office this weekend, Variety reports. That was less than the $ 76 million, pre-pandemic debut of the film’s predecessor in 2018. But it was still seen as a good start for the horror sequel, especially since it’s also available to stream on Peacock. at no additional cost to subscribers.

It was the last release in 2021 that took audiences to theaters even though there was the option to watch the movie at home, along with others including Godzilla vs. Kong and Black Widow. It was also the last horror film to perform well at the box office in 2021, and Deadline Remarks Halloween kills had the best three-day domestic debut of any horror movie released during the pandemic. This record was previously held by A Quiet Place, Part II, which opened at $ 47.5 million over three days in May. Halloween kills also scored the best pandemic opening for an R-rated film, above the DC film The suicide squad.

Although this is the 12th film of the Halloween series, Halloween kills serves as the second chapter in a relaunched version of the franchise, which picks up 40 years after the original 1978 film but ignores all of the previous sequels. Notice for Kill were lukewarm than for the 2018 installment, and some fans have expressed disappointment that Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode has a smaller role this time around, as the film focuses on returning characters from the 1978 classic. But Curtis is set to return for a third film that will apparently conclude this era of the series, Halloween ends, and hits theaters in October 2022.

After Halloween kills, another test of how a simultaneous streaming release can affect a film’s box office potential will take place next weekend, when the sci-fi epic Dune hits both theaters and HBO Max.

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