Jamie Lee Curtis starrer Halloween ruled the North American box office for a second week running, frightening off the competition as it raked in another $32 million, according to estimates reported Sunday by industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.
The low-budget Universal Pictures production recounts her character Laurie Strode’s final confrontation with a masked homicidal maniac four decades after surviving his killing spree.
The movie’s return to the top spot over the three day weekend followed its $76.2 million debut last week, the second best October opening ever after Venom.
A Star is Born, the third remake of the 1937 film, placed second for a third straight week, earning $14.1 million. Bradley Cooper, in his directorial debut, plays a hard-drinking musician in this classic tale of a star-crossed love affair with a young singer (Lady Gaga).
Sony’s Superhero flick Venom, which stars Tom Hardy as a journalist-turned-host for an alien creature, held its ground at third place with an estimated $10.8 million take. It has pulled in $187.3 million dollars since its smash opening four weeks ago.
Goosebumps2: Haunted Halloween, another seasonal offering, kept its fourth place ranking with $7.5 million in box office returns.
The only new release in the top five was Hunter Killer, an action thriller from Lionsgate about Navy SEALs who rescue a Russian president from a coup. Iit is estimated to have made $6.7 million over the three day weekend.