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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

This past weekend saw the wide release of the long-awaited Halloween, which acts as a direct sequel to the 1978 original.

Unsurprisingly, Halloween took the No. 1 spot at the box office this weekend. It was already predicted to take the weekend, but what wasn’t expected was just how many people would go out. The film ended up taking $77.5 million, more than $10 million higher than its $65 million prediction. Coupled with its solid B+ CinemaScore rating, it seems like this is a slam dunk for the $10 million-budgeted movie. The only question I have is whether or not it will get a sequel.

In second place, we have A Star is Born with $19.3 million, dropping 32.2% from its second weekend. All in all, the movie has continued its strong performance, taking in $126.4 million domestically and $201.1 million worldwide. With its $36 million budget, it has continued to prove itself quite the contender.

In third place is Venom, taking in $18.1 million in its third weekend. It may have dropped a substantial 48.3% from its opening weekend (and given that it dropped below A Star is Born, that’s not necessarily a great thing), but it continues to surprise. As of this writing it has broken $460 million worldwide, and with its relatively moderate budget (at least for a superhero film) of $100 million, it proves that not all Marvel characters need Marvel Studios to be successful.

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The top 3 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, October 21, are below.

Halloween – Universal – $77.5M
Star Is Born, A – Warner Bros. – $19.3M
Venom – Sony – $18.1M
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween – Sony – $9.7M
First Man – Universal – $8.6M
Hate U Give, The – 20th Century Fox – $7.5M
Smallfoot – Warner Bros. – $6.6M
Night School – Universal – $5.0M
Bad Times At the El Royale – 20th Century Fox – $3.3M
Old Man and the Gun, The – Fox Searchlight – $2.1M

The top 3 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, October 21, are below.

Halloween – Universal – $91.8M
Venom – Sony – $50.4M
Star Is Born, A – Warner Bros. – $42.1M
First Man – Universal – $22.0M
Smallfoot – Warner Bros. – $20.6M
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween – Sony – $15.9M
Project Gutenberg – Multiple – $14.7M
Hate U Give, The – 20th Century Fox – $7.5M
Night School – Universal – $6.5M
Bad Times At the El Royale – 20th Century Fox – $5.8M

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.