Jamie Lee Curtis’ latest Halloween movie heads for pre-pandemic $50M opening beating James Bond’s ‘No Time to Die’ while Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s ‘The Last Duel’ bombs
- Halloween Kills is expected to earn $50 million this weekend and overtake James Bond’s No Time to Die, which is projected to fall to $24.5 million
- The slasher film is on track to overtake A Quiet Place Part II as the biggest debut for a horror film since the coronavirus pandemic began
- It’s also set to beat Godzilla vs. Kong as the biggest film to premier on the big screen and on a streaming service simultaneously
- Meanwhile, Ridley Scotts The Last Duel flounders at $4.5 million
Halloween Kills, the latest in the Halloween horror series, made a killing in the box offices on Friday, with the film projected to earn $50 million over the weekend as the biggest debut for a horror film in the pandemic era.
David Gordon Green’s R-rated slasher film, staring Halloween veteran Jamie Lee Curtis, earned $22.9 million on Friday from 3,705 theaters in North American, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It also premiered on Universal’s sister streaming service Peacock.
Halloween Kills, the second instalment of a planned trilogy for the reboot series, is expected to overtake Godzilla vs. Kong, which earned $31.6 million, for biggest movie opening simultaneously on the big screen and a streaming service.
Halloween Kills, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, is expected to earn $50 million this weekend
It will be not only be the biggest premier for a horror movie since the pandemic began, but also for any movie simultaneously released in theater and on a streaming service
Jamie Lee Curtis, left, reprised her roles as horror icon Lori Strode in David Gordon Green’s Halloween Kills. A third movie, Halloween Ends, is set to conclude the reboot films in 2022
It is also projected to beat out A Quiet Place Part II, which earned $47.5 million, as the best start for a horror film since the pandemic began.
Halloween Ends, the final film in the reboot trilogy, is set to premier in 2022.
According to exit polls, Halloween Kills’ success has been fueled by younger movie goers, with about 73 per cent of ticket buyers on Friday reporting that they were 35 and younger.
The younger audience is expected to give it the edge over James Bond’s No Time to Die, starring Daniel Craig, which is expected to fall to $24.5 million by the end of the weekend, a 56 per cent drop from its opening success.
No Time to Kill, staring Daniel Craig’s final performance as the iconic James Bond, is expected to fall to $24.5 million by the end of the weekend
Despite featuring big stars like Adam Driver, left, and Matt Damon, Ridlye Scott’s The Last Duel is bombing in the box offices and is expected to earn only $4.5 million this weekend
The MGM and EON spy movie, which was Craig’s final performance as the iconic Bond, is expected to finish the weekend with a total of $100 million in domestic ticket sales.
While Halloween Kills enjoys it opening weekend success, Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel is bombing despite its star-studded cast featuring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Adam Driver and Jodie Comer.
The period film, set in 14th century France, grossed only $1.9 million on Friday and is projected to earn just than $4.5 million this weekend.