Weekend BO Predictions: ‘Halloween’ To Frighten The Box Office With A $70m+ Weekend

You wait 5 years for an October Box Office opening record, and then they start coming like buses. A mere fortnight after ‘Venom’ made $80m in its first 3 days, ‘Halloween’, the direct sequel to the 1978 classic, looks to reach similar levels in its opening weekend, ensuring this October remains on track to be the biggest the B.O. has ever seen.

The 12th film in the franchise (but only the second to be rated ‘Fresh’ on RT with 81%) completely disregards all other sequels and iterations, meaning this latest foray returns 40 years after the first film ended. It sees Jamie Lee Curtis return as the iconic Laurie Strode, who prepares to face mass-murderer Michael Myers, who has recently escaped prison.

Directed and written by the versatile David Gordon Green (‘Stronger’, ‘Pineapple Express’) alongside frequent collaborator Danny McBride, this Blumhouse production was made on just a cut-price budget of $10m.

Such a low cost almost guarantees a quick profit, especially when you consider the size of the franchise, and the timing of release; the Halloween period is ripe for the picking. While ‘The Nun’ made over $50m a month back off of a stronger franchise, ‘Halloween’ has the nostalgic remake factor that allowed ‘It’ to flourish last September.

While there’s fear that the constant ‘Halloween’ sequels over the years have dampened any excitement, the latest Fandango reports that state the film is pre-selling at a higher level than ‘The Nun’ have us predicting an opening around $70m, enough for ‘Halloween’ to have the third biggest horror opening of all time, an amazing feat considering its R rating.

Last weekend’s winner ‘Venom’ will fight a closer battle for second place with ‘A Star is Born’, with both films aiming to earn $20m. ‘Venom’ remains the biggest film of the month, grossing $150.9m stateside, while ‘A Star is Born’ remains behind with a respectable gross of $104.4m.

Nothing has changed in its sophomore weekend, as ‘First Man’, Damien Chazelle’s latest release still looks resigned to flop at the Box Office. Any hopes of a leggy run will be dashed as it aims to gross just over $8m will get the film to a total of $30m domestically, a poor return from a near-$60m budget.

Next is Fox’s ‘The Hate U Give’, starring Amandla Stenberg alongside Regina Hall, Issa Rae, and Common. Entering over 2,300 cinemas after being in limited release for the past 2 weekends, it boasts an impressive 96% on the Tomatometer and 82 on Metacritic. The drama follows Starr Carter (Stenberg), who witnesses her best friend Khalil’s (Algee Smith) death at the hands of the police.

Director George Tillman Jr. of ‘Notorious’ fame will be hoping its positive word of mouth and social relevance will push it over the $6m gross we’re predicting, although heavy competition may drown this one out.

The final new release of the weekend is again, rated Fresh (90%), and again coming off of a limited release. Robert Redford’s ‘The Old Man and The Gun’ marks his last film before retirement, and is based off of the true story of Forrest Trucker, who escaped from prison at the age of 70. The crime-comedy should earn around $1m this weekend, not enough for a place in the top ten.

It’s on track to be a record October, but will it be a record opening for ‘Halloween’? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter and Instagram – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.


The Terror Of ‘Halloween’ Returns in ‘The Spirit of Haddonfield’ Fan Film

Written by Michael Dean

October marks the 40th Anniversary from one of the best horror films made, John Carpenter’s Halloween.  Blumhouse will be releasing the direct sequel to theaters on October 19th however, if fans cannot wait there is a chance they can whet their beak a bit earlier with a very well done fan film, The Spirit of Haddonfield.  The 19-minute film takes place in Michael’s hometown where a young girl, Hanna (played by Hannah Owens), walks to her house on the evening of Halloween and we learn why she is really not fond of this time of year.

The Spirit of Haddonfield is a passion project from writer and director Rene Rivas who pays tribute to John Carpenters 1978 slasher. Rivas’ passion pours through the camera from the very beginning providing fans with a familiar style.  There is a very steady pace in the beginning portion of the film as Rene delivers some very crisp snapshots of various homes and Halloween decorations until that familiar Halloween music comes in as our protagonist Hannah walks along the street.  The way the camera moves with Hannah while she walks among the fallen leaves on the sidewalk is very smooth and once in a while, the viewer is treated to some nice angled shots.  Rene really knows how to move the camera and the cinematography is so well done that the whole thing has the look of a major production.

The Shape is played by Vincente Disanti, who also played the killer Jason in the Friday the 13th short film, Never Hike Alone, which he directed and co-wrote.  Vincente’s portrayal of Michael Myers is done very well and I love how he captures the presence of Michael looming in the background, quietly stalking his victim, until he makes his move.  Some of his movements appear spot on as Vincente’s body language emulates those of the famous horror icon.  Hannah Owens also does a good job in expressing her fear in some intense moments as Michael Myers comes closer and closer to claiming the life of his victim.

A Halloween film would not be the same without that famous score, and fans will be happy to know that Rene Rivas includes the scores The Shape Stalks Laurie from Tyler Bates which was used in the Rob Zombie Halloween reboot as well as John Carpenters famous Halloween tune composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.  The music is perfectly placed in the film and makes such an impact that sometimes I would forget that I was actually watching a fan film.

Overall Rene Rivas does a great job in bringing The Shape back to the screen and those who are itching for some Michael Myers until the new Halloween film is released should find The Spirit of Haddonfield to be a satisfying fix.

New ‘Halloween’ Trailer Recaps Original Film In Faux Documentary

“Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago. ”

Directed by: David Gordon Green

Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Nick Castle, Judy Greer, Virginia Gardner

Release Date: October 19th, 2018