Following John Carpenter’s original film in 1978, Halloween, the franchise has gone on to outperform at the box office for exactly forty years. David Gordon Green’s new Halloween film earned another $10 million on Friday night, finishing with a $34 million weekend, and earning $100 million in total, at domestic theaters.
Like the first movie, the production was relatively inexpensive, only costing $10 million. Jamie Lee Curtis returned as Laurie Strode, 40 years after Michael Myers terrorized her during an evening of babysitting.
This latest installment of the series comes after Rob Zombie’s rendition which came out in 2007. Rob turned up quite a storm with his version as well, earning approximately $80 million on a $15 million budget. However, his installment of the classic horror received poor reviews.
Interestingly, 2018’s Halloween managed to break records, including the largest opening in history for a film with a female lead over the age of 55-years-old. Moreover, the movie is the second biggest opening of all time for October.
John Carpenter, the original creator, scored the music for the new movie, and it was co-written by Green, Jeff Fradley, and Danny McBride. Halloween takes place forty years after the setting of the original in 1978.
In the past, Carpenter explained he had no desire to ever re-make a Halloween movie, and seemed like he wanted to distance himself from the rest of the remakes. But he did score the soundtracks of several of its sequels.
In October of 2017, John said that he wanted to score for the new movie, but was unsure as for how he would go about it. Essentially, it was up to the director to decide whether he updated the original score, create something new entirely, or mix the old with the new.
Reportedly, the latest Halloween flick has exceeded expectations from critics, with many hailing it as the greatest sequel thus far, and also as a “return to form” for the legendary franchise. Jamie Lee Curtis, in particular, received critical acclaim for her reprisal of Laurie.