Venom is no doubt crying salty, poisonous tears today, because it’s no longer the creepy-faced film villain that is at the top of the box office. Deadline reports that Venom was beaten at the box office by Halloween, who took home an insane amount of money for a movie about a guy in a dirty William Shatner mask who doesn’t say much.
Venom has made almost half a billion dollars since being released in theaters on October 5th. It was beat out by A Star Is Born, which came in second with $19.3 million (Venom made $18.1 million this weekend). Halloween came in at #1, of course.
I went and saw the latest Halloween film this weekend, and that little girl dancing to the Halloween theme at a store had a larger audience. There was no one in the theater besides myself and an older gentleman, and yeah – of course I assumed I was about to get murdered. Still, Deadline says Halloween took in $77.5 million in its opening weekend.
That makes it the second-best October opening ever (right behind Venom’s $80 million opening weekend), the best domestic opening ever for a film in the Halloween franchise (there have been eleven). It’s also the biggest horror movie opening with a female lead (Jamie Lee Curtis) as well as the biggest opening weekend for a film featuring a female lead over the age of 55. Raise an Activia yogurt and cheers to that.
This is the top 10 for the weekend:
1. Halloween – $77.5 million
2. A Star Is Born – $19.3 million
3. Venom – $18.1 million
4. Goosebumps 2 – $9.7 million
5. First Man – $8.6 million
6. The Hate U Give – $7.5 million
7. Smallfoot – $6.6 million
8. Night School – $5 milliom
9. Bad Times at the El Royale – $3.3 million
10. The Old Man & the Gun – $2 million
Halloween got some decent reviews, but even if it didn’t, it’d still make a lot of money. That’s because it’s almost the perfect movie for the season. Lots of pumpkins and crisp air and being chased through the leaves (for fun, or to get away from Michael Myers – your choice). Honestly, the only thing that could have beaten Halloween this weekend would be Fingerless Knit Gloves Presents: The Pumpkin Spice Latte Movie.