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.
OK. I’m going for one BOAST post. Biggest horror movie opening with a female lead.
Biggest movie opening with a female lead over 55.
Second biggest October movie opening ever.
Biggest Halloween opening ever #womengetthingsdone @halloweenmovie pic.twitter.com/DhUBy82z3U
— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) October 21, 2018
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.