Michael Myers Kills Off Competition as Halloween Kills Smashes Box Office Projections
Michael Myers and the Halloween franchise have dominated the box office opening weekend.
The second film in David Gordon Green's sequel trilogy has smashed original projections and taken the top spot at the box office in it's opening weekend.
Universal originally projected the film to make a modest $30million in it's opening weekend, however the figures coming in from the North American box office has Halloween Kills slaying projections and grossing $50.4 million. Considering this released via streaming service Peacock the same day it released in cinemas is great news.
Jim Orr, Universal's president of domestic distribution, had this to say-
"This genre and this particular franchise lends itself to the in-theater experience. People want to be scared together. Our core audience was eager and enthusiastic.”
Despite opening to relatively mixed reviews from critics and fans (you can read my full review HERE), it appears Kills is set to be another huge success for both Blumhouse and Universal. As for what the global box office will amount to, only time will tell, but the outlook is looking positive. Beating it's 2018 predecessor, which grossed over $255 million worldwide, may be a possibility.
Halloween Kills is in cinemas, or available to stream at home via Peacock, now.
The nightmare isn't over as unstoppable killer Michael Myers escapes from Laurie Strode's trap to continue his ritual bloodbath. Injured and taken to the hospital, Laurie fights through the pain as she inspires residents of Haddonfield, Ill., to rise up against Myers. Taking matters into their own hands, the Strode women and other survivors form a vigilante mob to hunt down Michael and end his reign of terror once and for all.
Michael Myers will return again in Halloween Ends, which is set to conclude Green's trilogy. Ends looks to release October 14th 2022 and according to Myers actor James Jude Courtney, filming is to begin January 2022.
Danny McBride and Green have said the script is already complete and they are awaiting notes back from the franchise's original creator, and executive producer, John Carpenter.
Scream Queen Jamie Lee Curtis has read the script for Ends, and said this will most likely be the last time she portrays Laurie Strode.
"I would say, given what I know about the next movie, I think it will be the last time that I will play her. And I'm not saying something like, 'Oh, because I die!' It's nothing to do with that. I'm talking about emotionally what they have constructed. I think it will be a spectacular way to end this trilogy."
Although Curtis remained right lipped on the details she did say in an interview with The Illuminerdi that it will "shock people".
"It's going to make people very angry. It's going to stimulate people. People are going to be agitated by it. And it is a beautiful way to end this trilogy."
As for what we can expect from the conclusion of Green's trilogy, they haven't really released a lot of information in regards to it. Obviously the way Halloween Kills ended, it has upped the stakes and set it up for what will hopefully be an epic conclusion. In an interview with Uproxx, Green did confirm the third and final film will feature a time jump ahead to a "contemporary timeline".
"It'll take place the time of its release. Where we're leaving these characters on Halloween 2018, the world is a different place. So not only do they have their immediate world affected by that trauma, having time to process that trauma – and that's a specific and immediate traumatic event in the community of Haddonfield. But then they also had a worldwide pandemic and peculiar politics and another million things that turned their world upside down."
With such high box office figures for Halloween and Halloween Kills though, will Evil really truly die?