As Halloween gets closer, “Halloween” — the latest sequel in the fright franchise originated by John Carpenter — is creeping up the ranks and passing its predecessors.
Universal’s slasher sequel was No. 1 at the box office for a second week and grossed an estimated $32 million this weekend, bringing its North American total to about $126.7 million. It has earned an estimated $172.3 million worldwide, according to the studio.
The new movie, in which Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her role from four decades ago, has now overtaken both “Halloween: H20” (1998) and “Halloween II” (1981) to become the second-highest-grossing in the 11-film series, trailing only Carpenter’s original when adjusting for inflation. That 1978 film earned an adjusted $183.6 million domestically, according to Box Office Mojo.
Overall, though, theaters capped off a record-setting October with little new material and minimal change in what audiences went to see.
Warner Bros.’s “A Star Is Born,” with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, held onto its No. 2 spot, earning about $14.1 million in ticket sales in its fourth weekend. Also in its fourth weekend was Sony’s “Venom,” which remained in third place with an estimated $10.8 million domestically, according to comScore, which compiles box-office data. “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” came in fourth place with about $7.5 million.
The only newcomer in the top five was Lionsgate’s submarine thriller “Hunter Killer,” which earned about $6.7 million domestically during its first weekend in theaters. Gerard Butler stars as an American submarine captain, with Common and Gary Oldman coordinating tactics back on land.
Lackluster reviews likely didn’t help “Hunter Killer,” but it was still able to unseat Universal’s Neil Armstrong movie “First Man,” which held the No. 5 spot last weekend.