BOX OFFICE: “Halloween Ends” opens big as Four Horror Titles Own The weekend

The only reasons to call “Halloween Ends,” the third and final film in director David Gordon Green’s reboot of the franchise a bust are A) reviews, which have been bad and Even audience scores acknowledge that Team Green botched the direction they took it in, and B) the lofty projections for how much it was supposed to earn.

The second film in the trilogy — “Halloween Kills” — opened at near $50, and $55 was projected for this one. But streaming it on Peacock and the negative impact of reviews (audiences may have been leery and weary of the franchise, which hasn’t been dazzling of late) have dampened enthusiasm a little.

A big Thursday night followed by a solid Friday and Sat make it a $41.2 million or so blockbuster. I hope they gave Jamie Lee points.

With “Smile” still raking it in — another $12.4 million — and “Barbarian” still in the millions and well within the top ten, and with the limited release “Terrifier 2” edging out “Top Gun” for 9th place, four horror titles totalling almost $60 million are dominating the box box office right before Halloween.

The best hold over for the weekend was “Lyle Lyle Crocodile” which is managing $7.4 in its second weekend. Take the tiny tykes. It’s charming.

The Woman King” has turned into a decent sized hit, adding another $3.7 million this weekend.

Amsterdam,” like “Don’t Worry, Darling,” is not. Another $2.8 for “Amsterdam,” quite a bit less for “Darling.”

Till” is doing decent business per screen in very limited release. Atlanta loves it.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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