“Halloween Kills” tops North American box office in opening weekend

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LOS ANGELES, (Xinhua) — Universal and Blumhouse’s slasher film “Halloween Kills” led ticket sales at the North American box office with an estimated 50.35 million U.S. dollars in its opening weekend, according to studio figures collected by measurement firm Comscore.

The larger-than-anticipated bow notched the biggest debut for a horror film since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Directed by David Gordon Green, the film is a sequel to “Halloween,” which earned over 250 million dollars worldwide in 2018. Jamie Lee Curtis, 62, reprises her role as Laurie Strode, a survivor of Michael Myers’ killing spree, in the 12th installment in the four-decade Halloween franchise. The beloved protagonist joins a group of other survivors of Michael’s first rampage who decide to take matters into their own hands, forming a vigilante mob that sets out to hunt the masked monster down, once and for all.

“Halloween Kills” is being released simultaneously in theaters and on Universal’s streaming platform Peacock. The film holds an approval rating of 39 percent based on 148 reviews from critics to date on review-aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. Movie audiences gave it a “B-” on CinemaScore.

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The latest James Bond film “No Time to Die” slipped to the second place at the North American box office with 24.3 million dollars this weekend. The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and United Artists Releasing’s blockbuster has grossed 99.5 million dollars in North America within 10 days of its release.

Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, the 25th installment in the Bond franchise is Daniel Craig’s fifth and final film in the role of the British spy. The film, with a reported budget of over 250 million dollars, also stars Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris among others.

In this film, Bond’s new mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading him onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

Overseas, “No Time to Die” took in 54 million dollars this weekend for a global total of 447.5 million dollars. The film is set to open in China on Oct. 29.

Sony’s presentation of Columbia Pictures’ superhero film “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” came in third with 16.5 million dollars in its third weekend for a North American cume of 168 million dollars.

Produced by Columbia Pictures in association with Marvel and China’s Tencent Pictures, the theater-only release is the sequel to 2018 blockbuster “Venom.” Directed by Andy Serkis, the film stars Tom Hardy who returns to the big screen as the lethal protector Venom, one of Marvel’s greatest and most complex characters.

United Artists Releasing’s presentation of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s “The Addams Family 2” landed in fourth with 7.2 million dollars in its third weekend, pushing its North American total to 42.27 million dollars.

Directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon, the favorite spooky family is back in the animated comedy sequel. Morticia and Gomez become distraught that their children are growing up, skipping family dinners, and totally consumed with “scream time” in the sequel to the 2019 animated film, “The Addams Family.”

Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Snoop Dogg and Chloe Grace Moretz reprise their voice roles in the new film.

A newcomer, 20th Century Studios’ historical drama film “The Last Duel” finished fifth with 4.82 million dollars in its opening weekend.

Directed by four-time Academy Award nominee Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer and Ben Affleck, the film is a gripping tale of betrayal and vengeance set against the brutality of 14th century France.