Fox 5's entertainment reporter, Kevin McCarthy (@KevinMcCarthyTV), sat down with Jamie Lee Curtis, John Carpenter, David Gordon Green and Jason Blum to talk about the 2018 Halloween sequel.
The earliest tracking figures are in for the new David Gordon Green-directed “Halloween” and the film is headed for a massive box-office opening on October 19th.
Box-Office Pro reports that the film, which boasts a tight budget of only $10 million, is on track for a domestic opening weekend in the $50-$85 million range. The film is reportedly tracking well ahead of recent horror-thriller films like “Split” and “A Quiet Place” which opened to $40M and $50M respectively.
Universal’s R-rated “Halloween” refresh is headed for a major opening at the box-office. The David Gordon Green-directed film is eyeing an opening in the $57-65 million range in the U.S., though some analysts say it could hit $70 million.
That’s easily a record launch for the franchise – the 2007 reboot being the biggest previous opening with $26 million. In fact, the new “Halloween” could pass “Hannibal” ($58M) and “The Nun” ($53M) to nab the second best R-rated horror film opening of all time – behind only “IT” ($123M).
Shot for just $10 million, and scoring strong reviews, the film is already set to be hugely profitable – something Universal needs following the disappointing launch of “First Man” last weekend. The new “Halloween” will be released in twenty-one international territories this weekend.
Doing promotion for “Halloween” this week, actress Jamie Lee Curtis has been fairly brutally honest about her past history with the franchise and how she’s churned out some not so great entries in the past:
“The real stamp of approval is John Carpenter’s, not mine. Because I made a couple of [rubbish] ones. Did you see Resurrection?! Halloween II wasn’t great. H20 was okay. Resurrection is a piece of [crap]. But the seal of approval was John Carpenter.”