Halloween, created by legendary writer and director, John Carpenter, is still a smashing success in theaters, even after a whopping four decades. According to reports, the latest installment of the franchise earned approximately $77.5 million in ticket sales at the domestic box office.
However, the original director distanced himself from the franchise many years ago, and David Gordon Green took his place in this latest movie.
Fans of Carpenter know that his history in Hollywood has been tumultuous, with many of his movies going unnoticed and appreciated until, in some cases, decades later.
For instance, his classic, The Thing, starring Kurt Russell, went on to become one of the greatest cult classics of all time, inspiring countless numbers of other movies. Critics and audiences despised the movie at the time.
While John didn’t receive the accolades that he wanted at the height of his career, thankfully, at least his movies are finally receiving the credit – and box office numbers – they deserve.
Interestingly, Jamie Lee Curtis chose to reprise her role as Laurie Strode, and Nick Castle – the original Michael Meyers – appeared in a cameo.
Thus far, Halloween is the second-highest opening of all time, falling behind Stephen King’s record-breaker, It, released last year. It brought in significant numbers for the studios that were lagging at the time, breaking records in the horror genre.
Additionally, Halloween managed to push out the latest comic-book movie out of the number one spot, Venom, starring The Revenant alum, Tom Hardy, who has been making waves in Hollywood for the past few years.
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s new movie, A Star Is Born, held on to the second spot for its third weekend with approximately $19.3 million. Some of the other movies in the list included Goosebumps 2, as well as Ryan Gosling’s First Man.