Courtesy of TIFF ‘Halloween’

Blumhouse and Universal’s Halloween did terrifying at the Friday box office, earning $33.3 million from 3,928 theaters for a weekend gross of $80.3 million, tying with Venom‘s launch earlier this month for an October best.

To boot, the pic — a direct sequel to the 1978 classic slasher hit — is scoring the second-best opening of all time for an R-rated horror pic behind New Line’s blockbuster It, which opened to $123.4 million in September 2017, not adjusted for inflation. In addition to stellar reviews, Halloween nabbed a B+ CinemaScore, a good grade for the genre.

Directed by David Gordon Green, Halloween sees the return of Jamie Lee Curtis as the iconic character Laurie Strode, who once again faces off with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night in 1978. (Nick Castle reprises his role as Myers.) After Blumhouse landed rights to the Halloween franchise, Jason Blum tapped horror icon John Carpenter, who directed the 1978 film, to serve as creative consultant.

October box office revenue is running at record levels thanks to Sony’s Venom and Warner Bros.’ A Star Is Born, both of are still impressing in their third weekends.

A Star Is Born is tipped to narrowly beat Venom for the weekend with $19 million, putting its domestic total at around $126 million through Sunday.  Venom looks to score another $18 million-plus for a domestic haul north of $171 million by the time the weekend wraps.

The forecast for First Man in its sophomore outing looks muted. Damien Chazelle’s astronaut drama is on course to gross $8.8 million, enough for a fifth-place finish behind holdover Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween.

Universal and Blumhouse’s Halloween isn’t the only new nationwide release this weekend. (Miramax is a partner on the film).

With awards season in full swing, Fox 2000 is expanding its YA police-shooting drama The Hate U Give into roughly 2,300 theaters. The film — earning a coveted A+ CinemaScore — could is on course to gross a strong $8.5 million to place No. 6.

New entries at the specialty box office include Can You Ever Forgive Me? starring Melissa McCarthy, IFC’s Wildlife, Bleecker Street’s What They Had and A24’s Mid90s.

In limited release this weekend, Fox Searchlight will be releasing Can You Ever Forgive Me? into five theaters; Bleecker Street will release What They Had into four theaters; IFC will issue Wildlife into four locations; and A24 will debut Mid90s, also in four theaters.

Overall, should our forecast hold true, we’re looking at what could be the second largest October weekend ever with the top twelve generating somwhere around $150 million.

This weekend’s forecast is directly below. This post will be updated on Friday morning with Thursday night preview results followed by Friday estimates on Saturday morning, and a complete weekend recap on Sunday morning.

  • Halloween (3,928 theaters) – $70.0 M
  • A Star is Born (3,884 theaters) – $19.0 M
  • Venom (3,887 theaters) – $16.0 M
  • First Man (3,640 theaters) – $9.4 M
  • Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (3,521 theaters) – $9.2 M
  • The Hate U Give (2,303 theaters) – $7.5 M
  • Smallfoot (3,032 theaters) – $5.9 M
  • Night School (2,292 theaters) – $4.9 M
  • Bad Times At The El Royale (2,808 theaters) – $3.7 M
  • The Old Man & the Gun (802 theaters) – $1.7 M