Universal’s R-rated “Halloween” refresh is headed for a major opening at the box-office. The David Gordon Green-directed film is eyeing an opening in the $57-65 million range in the U.S., though some analysts say it could hit $70 million.
That’s easily a record launch for the franchise – the 2007 reboot being the biggest previous opening with $26 million. In fact, the new “Halloween” could pass “Hannibal” ($58M) and “The Nun” ($53M) to nab the second best R-rated horror film opening of all time – behind only “IT” ($123M).
Shot for just $10 million, and scoring strong reviews, the film is already set to be hugely profitable – something Universal needs following the disappointing launch of “First Man” last weekend. The new “Halloween” will be released in twenty-one international territories this weekend.