Halloween Ends Up on Top at the Box Office With a Projected $43.4 Million Opening
“Halloween Ends” may be the last time we see Laurie Strode and Michael Myers, but the series still does well. Universal’s slasher finale might earn $43.4 million from 3,901 theatres.
“Halloween Ends” has done well despite its simultaneous streaming premiere on Peacock. “Ends” will premiere somewhat below initial estimates, but it will nonetheless lead weekend charts, reviving a sluggish movie season. “Ends” could be the first film to launch above $40 million since “Nope” three months ago.
“Ends” is not performing as well as the previous year’s instalment of the franchise, “Halloween Kills,” which had a domestic opening weekend of $49 million and was also released on the same day. The first instalment of this new sequel trilogy, “Halloween,” was released in theatres only in 2018, at a time when Peacock was nothing more than a development project at NBCUniversal. The original “Halloween” was released by John Carpenter in 1978 and is considered a landmark film. The movie made an astounding $76 million, which places it in third place for the biggest domestic debut ever for a horror picture, behind both of the “It” sequels.
The fact that “Halloween Ends” only has a production budget of $20 million despite the fact that previous entries in the horror genre have seen dwindling financial returns indicates that the movie is likely to be well on its way to earning a profit.
On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, leading critics gave the slasher movie’s conclusion only a 30 percent approval rating, which indicates that they did not find it to be satisfying. Owen Gleiberman, the chief film critic for Variety, stated in his review that the movie “doesn’t close off the saga by becoming the most scary or fun instalment in the series.” (Neither one of them is correct, even if they should have been.) Instead, it’s the most symbolic and confusing entry there could possibly be.”
Reviews aren’t typically a huge role in the amount of money that a horror entry or a franchise piece makes at the box office, which are both categories that “Halloween Ends” can check off its list. Despite this, the movie isn’t getting a lot of positive feedback from audiences in general because it tackles a much larger amount of story than the climactic showdown that was advertised for it. The film has been given a grade of “C+” by the research company CinemaScore, which indicates that the majority of people who went to the theatre to see it gave it an average reputation.
That is a worse showing than the previous year’s “Halloween Kills,” which had a grade of B- and dropped 71% in its second weekend. The final box office performance of “Kills” was unusually front-loaded, with the film collecting more than half of its entire domestic gross in its very first weekend of release. It is not possible to say for certain that this was because of a combination of the availability of streaming services and less-than-stellar word-of-mouth, but both of these elements are at play once more with “Halloween Ends.”
In “Halloween Ends,” which was directed by David Gordon Green, Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie Strode, and her mission is to put an end to Michael Myers once and for all. However, the town of Haddonfield, Illinois, has its own lingering horrors. In addition to Andi Matichak and James Jude Courtney, Will Patton, Kyle Richards, and Rohan Campbell as Corey, the cast of this movie also includes Rohan Campbell.
Paramount’s “Smile” isn’t fazed by a new horror film. The runaway blockbuster projects a 35% dip for a $12 million third weekend. Last weekend’s 18% drop was the smallest for a wide release this year.
“Smile” has a staying power uncommon for a modern horror flick. Sunday should bring in $70 million domestically.
“Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile” might take third with a 36% drop and $7.25 million. The musical underwhelmed in its first weekend but has little competition for families and little children.
“The Woman King” could place fourth, dropping 24% in its sixth weekend. Sony’s Viola Davis historical action epic should reach $59 million this weekend.
“Amsterdam” hopes to fill out the top five. David O. Russell’s caper earned $880,000 on Friday and $2.85 million overall. Due to its high production costs and poor box office results, the historical comedy may lose $100 million.