We are excited to report that not only did Halloween set the record for the best horror movie opening with a female lead (at $77.5 Million) it also set the record for the highest opening ever with a female lead over 55.

The film marks Jamie Lee Curtis’s highest opening weekend ever and set the record for the second best October opening t0 date. The top spot is held by Venom, which pulled in $80 Million earlier this month. But, we’re not done yet. The film also set the record for the second highest R-rated horror film opening, the top spot belonging to IT. 

This all speaks to what most horror fans have known all along: Audiences want to see more films with strong female leads and R-rated horror is still very viable when it’s well-constructed.
If you haven’t seen Halloween yet, you may want to make a point to check it out on the big screen. It’s certified fresh at 80% by Rotten Tomatoes and our own Justin Steele said that it succeeds by bringing the franchise back to the beginning in his review.

As we’ve mentioned previously, the new film is not a remake. It does, however, ignore everything to come after the first. It’s a direct sequel to the original that picks up 40 years later.

The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode and Judy Greer as Karen Strode. Danny McBride (Alien Covenant review) cowrote the film with David Gordon Green, who was at the helm. Series co-creator John Carpenter served as an executive producer. The picture is now playing nationwide.

Blumhouse, Miramax, and Trancas International Films partnered to produce the latest installment in the series.

Prior to losing the rights to the franchise, Dimension was in development on a new Halloween film with Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton. Halloween 3D was reportedly set to pick up after the events of the second film and would not tie in to Rob Zombie’s reboots.

Related: Script to Pieces: Halloween Returns

[Source: Variety]