It’s That Time of Year: Movies about death, death, and carnage topped the North American box office this weekend, led by Universal’s Halloween Kills with a strong $50.4 million opening, the industry Monitoring Exhibitor Relations reported on Sunday.
The three-day estimate represented the biggest opening for a horror flick during the pandemic era, topped by A Quiet Place Part II, which opened with $47.5 million.
And this came despite the film’s simultaneous release on the Peacock streaming service – the best dual-release performance ever.
Halloween Kills, a follow-up to 2018’s Halloween, again stars Jamie Lee Curtis as protagonist Laurie Strode and Nick Castle as the monstrous Michael Myers.
The shooting of the film was completed on November 3, 2019, with the makers premiering it at the Venice International Film Festival on September 8, 2021. Initially, the film was scheduled to release on October 16, 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team rescheduled its release. Date October 15, 2021 in theaters and it will also be available on American OTT platform More. The film is going to release in India on 22 October.
In second place was United Artists’ latest James Bond film, No Time to Die, after a sharp drop from last week’s top spot. It took $24.3 million.
The last film to feature Daniel Craig as 007 pulls Ian Fleming’s detective protagonist out of retirement to take on old foes Blofeld and the criminal network SPECTER.
Sony superhero film Venom: Let There Be Carnage snagged third place for $16.5 million. Tom Hardy plays investigative journalist Eddie Brock, whose symbiotic bond with an alien named Venom gives him superpowers, while Woody Harrelson portrays a serial killer who breaks out of prison after merging with another alien has gone.
Fourth place went to United Artists’ The Addams Family 2, with a total of $7.2 million. The animated feature follows the creepy, devious, mysterious, creepy and utterly strange family as they go on vacation.
And in fifth, Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel opened with $4.8 million, despite great reviews. It stars Matt Damon, Adam Driver and Ben Affleck in a story set in 14th-century France – the sort of historical yarn that usually attracts an older audience, a demographic still in Covid-era movie houses. Hates to return.
Outside the top 10 were:
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings ($3.5 million)
Free Guy ($680,000)
Dear Evan Hansen ($410,000)