The film, which carries a tiny, $10 million production budget, features Jamie Lee Curtis in her iconic role of Laurie Strode and beyond landing well with critics in advance of release, it was equally successful with audiences, earning a "B+"CinemaScore, which is a strong grade for a horror film".
The film is also the second biggest October opener, narrowly pipped by Venom which grossed $80.2m (£61.3m) earlier this month and the second largest R-rated horror ever, beaten only by It, which took in an eye-watering $123.4m (£94.4m) a year ago.
Weekend estimates for Halloween indicate a total of $80.5 million gross from Thursday to Saturday, making it the second-highest domestic horror opening of all-time and the biggest October horror opening ever. The reboot/sequel (reborquel) to John Carpenter's 1978 original brought back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode; had the original movie's director, John Carpenter, as executive producer; and brought in the talented David Gordon Green to handle directing duties while working from a script by Danny McBride. If that prognostication turns out to be true, that'd give Green's film the second-highest box office opening ever for a horror movie, a truly remarkable achievement. These figures also surpass that of Marvel's alien-superhero film Venom, which grossed an impressive $80.2 million gross on its opening weekend. Until this weekend, Curtis' biggest opening was for Beverly Hills Chihuahua at $29 million.
The film now has 80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7.6 on IMDB. The strategy to open it at the Toronto Film Festival and premiere it in America during Fantastic Fest probably helped, too, but make no mistake: Jamie Lee Curtis was a huge selling point, right along with the October release date.
So, now you know what you're looking for when you see the movie this weekend, and here's a screenshot of the moment in question when Castle makes his return to the franchise. What did you think?