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Universal and Blumhouse’s Halloween will easily stay No. 1 in its second weekend with a projected haul of $30 million-$34 million. And on Friday, the sequel to the 1978 classic slasher pic cleared the $100 million mark in North America in only eight days.
Directed by David Gordon Green, the $10 million movie should drop less than 60 percent, a strong hold for a horror title.
Holdovers A Star Is Born and Venom will also stay high on the chart in their fourth weekends with a projected $14 million and $10 million, respectively. A Star Is Born will finish Sunday with a domestic total of nearly $150 million; Venom will stand at $186 million-plus.
If so, all three films will beat newcomer Hunter Killer, a submarine action pic from Lionsgate and Millennium which stars Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman and Common. Hunter Killer looks to open in the $7 million range from 3,990 theaters, enough for a fourth-place finish, unless it gets beaten out by Goosebumps 2: Haunted House.
Overall, it is a relatively quiet weekend at the box office in terms of major new studio releases as consumers focus on early Halloween parties and other spooky festivities.
Hunter Killer, which earned an A- CinemaScore, follows an American submarine captain who tries to help stop a Russian coup that would topple that country’s president. He assembles a team of Navy SEALs to rescue the kidnapped president and stop World War III from breaking out. Lionsgate acquired the rights from Millennium.
Opening in far fewer theaters is the faith-based film Indivisible, which looks to open in the $1.5 million-$1.7 million range from 830 locations, behind expectations. The pic is based on the true story of an Army chaplain and his wife who fight to save their marriage with the help of God.
Universal and Working Title are only targeting 544 cinemas for Johnny English Strikes Again, with Rowan Atkinson returning as the lovable, accidental secret agent. The movie is considered an international play and has already earned $100 million overseas. Based on early Friday returns, the pic is projected to gross a soft $1.5 million domestically (tracking had suggested it would earn $2 million).
A flurry of award contenders are opening in select theaters at the specialty box office, including Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria (Amazon Studios), Maryam Keshavarz’s Viper Club (Roadside Attractions), Ali Abbasi’s Border (Neon) and Lee Chang-dong’s Burning (Well Go USA). Results will come in Sunday morning.
Oct. 27, 7:45 a.m. Updated with revised weekend estimates.
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