BOX OFFICE: Michael Myers slashes toward an October opening record, “Hate U Give” impresses, “Old Man & the Gun” cracks Top Ten

mikeyA couple of weeks ago, “Venom” sucked its way to an $80.2 million opening weekend, setting a new record for movies opening in October. “Astounding” we said. Considering the movie’s a misfire on several levels, the long-awaited “comic book fatigue” at the box office seemed imminent. Didn’t happen.

But the record could very well be short-lived in the extreme. A $7.7 million Thursday night and $33 million+ Friday have David Gordon Green’s reset of “Halloween” tracking towards a $79-81 million opening, per Deadline.com. 

A beloved franchise, born in the ’70s, thriving through the 80s and drifting into the ’90s and 2000s, “Halloween” is a proven brand and the horror audience is nothing if not reliable. But generations grew up with this nut-with-a-knife villain, and nostalgia’s reaching beyond the Friday night horror faithful. Bringing back Jamie Lee Curtis is the reason to see it (the ONLY reason) and was a master  stroke.

The revived Miramax, no longer connected with Harvey and Bob Weinstein, gets to collect part of the dough (Universal and Blumhouse have pieces of the pie) and Jamie Lee gets a nice third act career goosing.

“A Star is Born” is still pulling in Lady Gaga’s Monsters, $18-19 million, finally pushing it ahead of “Venom” on the charts. But Tom Hardy’s comic book anti-hero is over $170 million, or will be Sunday night. $200 million, all in? Close to it.

The higher minded, topical and at times powerful “The Hate U Give” opens wide and is doing really good business — over $7.

“The Old Man & the Gun” pairs up Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek in a tale of bank robberies in your AARP years, and looks to crack the top ten on its first weekend of wide release. Under $2 million.

“First Man” isn’t holding audience particularly well, a 44% drop projected by Deadline. It won’t make $9 million on its second weekend — an undeserving flop. 

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