The new Halloween movie that brings back Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle is hitting theatres this weekend, and it’s expected to be a box office smash. According The Hollywood Reporter, Universal Pictures is projecting it to make $50 million or more for its opening weekend in the US.
However, that may be an intentionally conservative estimate, as THR explains that tracking suggests it’s on pace to make $70 million or more over the weekend. The R-rated movie only cost about $10 million to make, so it could end up being enormously profitable.
The new Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green, who previously helmed the Seth Rogen stoner movie Pineapple Express, as well as the Sandra Bullock film Our Brand Is Crisis.As mentioned, Jamie Lee Curtis returns to play Laurie Strode as she yet again fights against the masked murdered Michael Myers. Nick Castle played Michael Myers in the original, and he’s returning for the new Halloween. John Carpenter, who directed 1978’s Halloween, is attached to the new film as a creative consultant.
GameSpot’s review of the new Halloween was mostly positive.
“Halloween doesn’t reinvent the wheel or create a new subgenre of horror. What it does is take the best parts of all the films in the franchise, and deliver the ultimate companion piece to Carpenter’s 1978 masterpiece,” reviewer Rafael Motamayor said. “It’s a film that not only has something to say about trauma and PTSD, but also delivers a bloody, fun time at the theater. Will Michael Myers return again? Who knows, but we sure as hell welcome him home.”
For more on the Halloween franchise, check out GameSpot’s ranking of the Halloween films. You can also check out GameSpot’s interview with producer Jason Blum where he talks about how they were able to convince John Carpenter to return.