‘Halloween’ to Make Another Killing at the Box Office

With scant high profile offerings hitting theaters, Michael Myers won’t need to put up much of a fight to top box office charts again.

After “Halloween’s” massive $76 million debut, Universal and Blumhouse’s slasher film starring Jamie Lee Curtis will easily repeat at No. 1 in North America. The question is: how much of a killing can it make in its second frame? Horror movies typically suffer steep drops in movie ticket sales after opening weekend, but solid word of mouth could signal good news for the 11th chapter in the “Halloween” saga over the spooky holiday weekend. Even if it were to see a sharp 50% drop, in line with the sophomore outings of “It” and “The Nun,” “Halloween” would pick up an impressive $38 million this weekend. Recent titles such as “Get Out” and “A Quiet Place” were able beat that trend, falling just 15% and 34% respectively. “Halloween” could get an even bigger boost since it’s playing in Imax for a limited one-week engagement starting Friday.

Otherwise, the fresh crop of movies heading to multiplexes are all aiming for single digits. Lionsgate and Summit’s ‘Hunter Killer” looks to stand out among new titles. Estimates show the high-stakes thriller with Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman should collect between $5 million and $9 million when it launches in over 2,700 locations. Based on the novel “Firing Point” by Jamie Moss, the film follows a group of Navy SEALs who are on a mission to rescue the Russian president, who was captured in a coup.

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