The highly anticipated slasher movie Halloween Kills debuted at the number one spot at the box office last weekend.
According to Variety, the Jamie Lee Curtis-starring horror film, which grossed $50.4 million through moviegoers, and the David Gordon Green-directed feature film also enjoyed a release on Peacock.
The media outlet also reported that the movie Godzilla Vs. Kong, which grossed $31.6 million, for the most successful opening weekend for a project released in theaters and on streaming services.
Making a Kill: Halloween Kills debuted at the number one spot at the box office last weekend, earning a total of $50.4 million
Universal’s president of domestic distribution, Jim Orr, spoke to the media and said Halloween Kills’ success was due in part to its availability in theaters.
“This genre and this particular franchise lends itself to the in-theatre experience. People want to be scared together. Our core audience was eager and enthusiastic,” he said.
Work on Halloween Kills initially began after the release of the original Halloween reboot, which was released in 2018.
The film serves as the twelfth entry in the long-running horror franchise, which began with the release of the first feature film, directed by John Carpenter, in 1978.
Continue: Jim Orr previously noted that the slasher genre and this particular franchise lends itself to the in-theatre experience
Back for more: Halloween Kills serves as the twelfth entry in the long-running horror franchise, which began with the release of the original 1978 feature film directed by John Carpenter
The previous reboot also ignored the events of all previous sequels in the film series, many of which were criticized for a gradual decline in quality.
After its release, Halloween was positively received and described by many critics as a welcome return to fame for the franchise.
Although the producers of the feature film initially wanted to film a back-to-back sequel to the project, they decided against it and waited to see if fans were interested in further films.
Writer Danny McBride later hinted that another entry in the franchise would be made after the reboot’s success during a sit-down with Deadline in 2018.
Taking the time: While the feature’s producers initially wanted to film a back-to-back sequel to the project, they decided against it and waited to see if fans were interested in further films
During the conversation, the actor wrote that he and his collaborators were interested in mimicking the simplicity and effectiveness of the original 1978 feature film with their new film.
He specifically noted that they wanted to “clean up the mess and go simple so the horror can get the front seat and not all this luggage and exposition.”
The following year it was officially confirmed by Collider that a sequel to the reboot was in the works, with Curtis and Judy Greer reprising their roles as Laurie Strode and Karen Nelson, respectively.
It was later revealed that Kyle Richards of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, who appeared in the first Halloween movie, would also appear in the new sequel.
Taking advantage of what works: Writer Danny McBride indicated that he and his collaborators wanted to “clean up the mess and go simple so the horror can get the front seat and not all this baggage and exposition”
The project’s principal photography initially began in September 2019, and the crew finally wrapped the work that same November.
While the film was initially set to release in 2020, its debut was delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Finally, it had its world premiere at the 78th Venice International Film Festival last September and was made available to the public last Friday.
According to Rotten tomatoes, Halloween Kills received mostly negative reviews from critics, though most moviegoers enjoyed it.
Finally here: Halloween Kills had its world premiere at the 78th Venice Film Festival last September and was made available to the public last Friday
Green recently confirmed that a third feature in the reboot franchise, titled Halloween Ends, would be produced during a recent interview with uproxx and told the media that the effects of COVID-19 on the characters would be investigated.
He noted that the characters in the film would face “a global pandemic and idiosyncratic politics and another million things turning their world upside down.”
The filmmaker also spoke to Den Of Geek and described the upcoming feature film as a “coming of age story.”
It was previously expressed by The Hollywood Reportr that Halloween Ends would make its debut on October 14, 2022.
Another one: Director David Gordon Green recently confirmed that a third feature in the reboot franchise would have Halloween Ends