The earliest tracking figures are in for the new David Gordon Green-directed “Halloween” and the film is headed for a massive box-office opening on October 19th.
Box-Office Pro reports that the film, which boasts a tight budget of only $10 million, is on track for a domestic opening weekend in the $50-$85 million range. The film is reportedly tracking well ahead of recent horror-thriller films like “Split” and “A Quiet Place” which opened to $40M and $50M respectively.
The project serves as a direct sequel to the 1978 original, jettisoning both the confused continuity of the sequels and the hillbilly with Oedipal issues meets torture porn nonsense of Rob Zombie’s remake and its sequel. It also sees the return of Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter to the franchise.
The film is riding a wave of good reviews from the Fall film festival circuit, currently sitting at 85% (7.2/10) on Rotten Tomatoes, the second highest score for the franchise by a long margin – beaten only by the first (93% & 8.5/10) and ahead of 1998’s “Halloween: H20” (52% & 5.5/10).