‘Halloween Ends’ starts strong, topping the North American box office


LOS ANGELES: Universal Pictures’ “Halloween Ends” scarefest debuted with a bang over the weekend, topping the North American box office with an estimated $41.3 million, The Watcher reported on Sunday (Manila Monday). Exhibitor Relations industry.

The film, apparently the latest in a long line of profitable “Halloween” movies, stars Jamie Lee Curtis again in a tale filled with throat-punching, choking, fatal falls and a mysterious sewer dweller. mask.

Analysts had predicted a slightly higher figure: around $50 million. But given the film’s simultaneous release on the Peacock streaming service and its production cost of just $30 million, its take was “excellent,” said David A. Gross of Franchise Entertainment Research.

The weeks leading up to Halloween always smile on horror movies. This weekend, another awful movie, Paramount’s “Smile,” took second place with $12.4 million. Sosie Bacon stars as a therapist whose understanding of reality is shaken by a horrific event.

In third place for the Friday-Sunday period, down one spot from its release last weekend, was Sony’s live-action/computer-animated musical “Lyle, Lyle Crocodile “, at $7.4 million. Javier Bardem, Shawn Mendes and Constance Wu star.

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Another Sony film, “The Woman King,” based on the story, held on to fourth place, with $3.7 million in ticket sales. Viola Davis plays the leader of an all-female army of African warriors.

And in fifth place, falling two places, was the 20th century comedy thriller “Amsterdam,” with $2.9 million. It stars Christian Bale, Margot Robbie and John David Washington.

Rounding out the top 10 were “Don’t Worry Darling,” with 2.2 million; “Barbarian,” $1.4 million; “Brothers”, $920,000; “Terrifying 2,” $850,000; and “Top Gun: Maverick,” $685,000.


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