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Michael Myers only comes around once a year, and instead of running away screaming, audiences welcomed him with open arms this weekend. Universal’s Halloween earned an estimated $77.5 million in North America this opening weekend—better than the previous 10 Halloween movies.

Halloween also lands as the second biggest debut for a horror film ever, second to last year’s It, which had a $123 million opening.

Jamie Lee Curtis, who stars as Laurie Strode, tweeted about the win. Halloween also snatched the title for the best horror opening with a female lead, in addition to being Curtis’ biggest opening to date.

PSA: If you’ve never seen any Halloween movies, spend a night catching up on 1998’s Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, with Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett, Michelle Williams, and LL Cool J. It’s ‘90s horror at its finest.

h/t CNN

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Jackie Cucco

Jackie Cucco

Jackie Cucco was a Senior Editor of The Toy Book, The Toy Insider, and The Pop Insider. She covered toy trends, pop culture, and entertainment news, and made appearances on national and regional outlets, including CBS, WPIX, News 12, and more. Jackie spends her time watching horror movies and working her way through every Stephen King novel out there.